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Docno: ADMS-06-02-02-0061-0002

Author: Adams, John
Author: Hancock, John
Author: Hawley, Joseph
Author: Warren, Joseph
Author: Dexter, Samuel
Author: Ward, Artemas
Author: Warren, James
Author: Heath, William
Author: Lee, Jeremiah
Author: Church, Benjamin
Author: Holten, Samuel
Author: Gerry, Elbridge
Author: Tyng, John
Author: Robinson, Lemuel
Author: Foster, Jedediah
Author: Gorham, Nathaniel
Author: Cushing, Thomas
Author: Adams, Samuel
Author: Paine, Robert Treat
Author: Massachusetts Provincial Congress
Recipient: Boston Gazette (newspaper)
Date: 1774-12-10

To the Freeholders and Other Inhabitants of the Towns and Districts of Massachusetts Bay

Cambridge,10 December 1774. printed: Mass. Provincial Congress, Jours., p. 69–72. Prepared by a committee appointed 12 October, originally composed of fifteen members: John Hancock, Joseph Hawley, Joseph Warren, Samuel Dexter, Artemas Ward, James Warren, William Heath, Jeremiah Lee, Benjamin Church, Samuel Holten, Elbridge Gerry, John Tyng, Lemuel Robinson, Jedediah Foster, Nathaniel Gorham (same, p. 16–17). Eventually all four delegates from Massachusetts to the Continental Congress were added to this committee.
Although the address to the people expressed “confidence in the wisdom, justice, and goodness” of the King, it expressed fear that the future policies of the British government would bring no relief because enemies had managed “to fill the court and kingdom of Great Britain with falsehoods and calumnies” against Massachusetts. It was thought virtually certain that the impact of the measures against Britain recommended by the Continental Congress, if carefully enforced, would bring relief in time, but not without a concerted effort by the mother country to divide Americans. Meanwhile, a well supplied and disciplined militia must not be neglected if an “arbitrary ministry” was not to destroy American rights.
By order of the congress, the address was printed in the Boston newspapers (first appearing in the Boston Gazette, 12 December) and in broadside form (Evans, No. 13422).
Printed (Mass. Provincial Congress, Jours., p. 69–72).
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, 2014.
http://www.masshist.org/apde2/