's eyes, Hancock's tenure as president was temporary in that he had been elected to
fill the vacancy Peyton Randolph made by returning to Virginia to preside as speaker
over a session of the House of Burgesses a few days after his re-election in May as
president of the Continental Congress.
's criticism of Hancock suggests the hostility that had grown up between them (
, 2:12, 58–59;
Adams Family Correspondence