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. Details of the provenance of the materials printed are in note
below. For one example of the “Abstract's” circulation, see note 31
above. Further evidence is provided by the existence of the Hawley and Keith versions,
below. It is worth noting that the brief accounts of the argument in 3 Hutchinson, Massachusetts Bay, ed. Mayo
, 68, and 1 Gordon, History of Independence
141–142, suggest that their authors may have at least read the “Abstract,” probably
in the Massachusetts Spy.