Boston, 17 December 1770. RC
). Printed: Franklin, Papers
, 17:301–304. Prepared by a “Committee of Correspondence” appointed 7 November composed
of Thomas Cushing, John Hancock, Stephen Hall, Samuel Adams, and JA
. Although “Boston” was used in the date line, the House was still meeting in Cambridge.
This committee was “to communicate such Intelligence as may be necessary, to the Agent
and others in Great-Britain; and also to the Speakers of the several Assemblies thro'
the Continent, or to such Committee of Correspondence as they have, or may appoint”
(Mass., House Jour.
, 1770–1771, p. 139). The first letter sent to Franklin, the newly appointed agent
in London for the House, is the only one of the committee's letters known to survive.