1. To the full committee on stating the rights of the Colonies, &c. See the following
entry and note 2 there.
2. The statute cited in this detached note is “An Acte wherby certayne Offences bee made
Tresons,” 1554–1555, of which the 7th section is a “General Saving” or exemption:
“Saving to every P[er]son and P[er]sones Bodyes Politike and Corporate their heires
and successours, other then Thoffendours and their heires and suche P[er]son and P[er]sons
as claime to any of their uses, all suche Rightes Titles Interestes Possessions [&c],
whiche they or any of them shall have at the day of the committing suche Treasons
or at any tyme afore, in as large and ample maner as yf this Acte hadd never bene
hadd nor made” (The Statutes of the Realm, London, 1810–1828, 4:257). Members of the first Continental Congress could hardly help exhibiting some
interest in the British statutes relating to treason.
Cite web page as: Founding Families: Digital Editions of the Papers of the Winthrops and the Adamses, ed.C. James Taylor. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 2017.