The Adams Papers Digital Edition is undergoing active maintenance while we work on improvements to the system. You may experience slow performance or the inability to access content. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We will endeavor to return to full capabilities as soon as possible.
. Since the author draws so heavily on the Massachusetts example, his call for county
meetings to elect congresses in each colony suggests that he wrote before the meeting
of the Massachusetts First Provincial Congress, whose delegates came from the towns
and met first as a congress on 7 Oct. 1774, after Gage had refused to hold a General
Court on 5 Oct. (Mass. Provincial Congress, Jours.
, p. 3–6).