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. Thomas Cushing, Samuel Adams, John Hancock, and William Phillips were chosen virtually
unanimously to represent Boston in the General Court scheduled to meet 5 Oct., and
to them were added Joseph Warren, Benjamin Church, and Nathaniel Appleton for representation
in the Provincial Congress (Boston Record Commissioners, 18th Report
, p. 190, 191; the Report
mistakenly gives the date of the meeting for the election of the four as 25 Sept.).
By 28 Sept., events in Massachusetts forced Gage to conclude that no good purpose
would be served by a meeting of the General Court, and on that day he issued a proclamation
dismissing its members. Ignoring the proclamation, the elected representatives met
in Salem on 5 Oct. and, before resolving themselves into a provincial congress, passed
resolutions condemning Gage's action as another violation of the charter. On 11 Oct.
the former members of the General Court, joined by others elected solely to the Provincial
Congress, began deliberations in Concord, moving on 17 Oct. to Cambridge (Mass., Provincial Congress, Jours.
, p. 3–6, 15, 20).