. Meeting on 26 May, the Town of Boston unanimously instructed its elected representatives
on “no terms to consent” to the General Court's drafting a constitution for the state.
In due course persons specially chosen for the purpose, and that purpose alone, should
perform the task. The town wanted a Council wholly independent of the House, an end
to plural officeholding, and a prohibition against members of the General Court holding
any other office while in the legislature (Independent Chronicle
, 29 May). In the west, Hampshire and Berkshire cos. were keeping the courts closed
in protest because of the lack of a proper constitution.