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This foot note contained in document ADMS-06-03-02-0208-0002
1. Actual election of these delegates had taken place on 15 Dec. 1775, but over a month's delay occurred before the two houses agreed upon the form of instructions and commission; moreover, through oversight the list of Council choices does not include either Gerry or Cushing on 15 Dec. (Mass., House Jour. , 1775–1776, 3d sess., p. 44, 74, 83, 158, 164–165; Force, Archives , 4th ser., 4:1235–1236). The Boston Gazette of 25 Dec. 1775, however, lists the names of all five men as having been elected “Last Week.” See JA 's Service on the Council, 26 Dec. 1775 – 24 Jan. 1776, Editorial Note (above).