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Docno: ADMS-06-05-02-0042

Author: Massachusetts Council
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1777-02-04

Amended Credentials of the Massachusetts Delegates

State of Massachusetts Bay
Whereas the Commission given the Delegates in Congress Representing this State, by a Resolve of the Tenth of December last, Confines the exercise of their Representation and Powers to any three or more of them from which many Inconveniences may arise, and their Vote in Congress may be lost, on any Question when only two are present, one may Controul two when three are present and the same Effect take place. It is therefore { 79 } Resolved, that any two or more of said Delegates Representing this State in Congress being the major part present, be and hereby are vested with all the powers with which any three or more of said Delegates were vested by the said Resolve of the Tenth of December last, and the Secretary is hereby Directed as soon as may be to furnish each of the Delegates from this State with an Attested Copy of this Resolve.1

[salute] Sent Up for Concurrence

[signed] J Warren Spkr
Read and Concurred
[signed] J Avery Dpy Secy
A True Copy
[signed] Attest. John Avery Dpy Secy
MS (PCC, Misc. Papers, Reel No. 8), signed attested copy; docketed: “Resolve of Massachusetts Bay respecting thr. Delegates. 4th Feby. 1777 Read March 12 1777.”
1. JA 's copy was forwarded to him by John Avery on 17 Feb. (Adams Papers).

Docno: ADMS-06-05-02-0043-0001

Author: Adams, John
Recipient: Avery, John
Date: 1777-02-10

To John Avery

[salute] Sir

I have to request of you to communicate the inclosed Resignation to the Honourable Board, as soon as may be; as it is of great Importance to the public, that the Superiour Court Should be filled up, and proceed to the Business of the State and as it has been already kept, too long unfill'd.
We are now at Such a Distance from the Army, that it is not in my Power to communicate, any Intelligence, from thence which you have not heard.
I have the Pleasure to assure you that We have the most agreable Intelligence from Virginia of the Spirit and Success, with which the Levies for the new Army, go on. Our Accounts are also agreable from the other States. Part of Several Regiments are arrived here, on their March from Virginia to New Jersy. We wish and hope Soon to hear that the New England States have compleated their Quotas. I am with Respect, your most obedient humble Servant
[signed] John Adams
LbC (Adams Papers); notation: “Sent by Mr. Hall. the day of the date.”
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