1. “9th. The Committee met, agreed to found our rights upon the laws of Nature, the principles
of the English Constitution, and charters and compacts; ordered a Sub-Committee to
draw up a Statement of Rights” (Samuel Ward, Diary, Burnett, ed., Letters of Members, 1:27). JA was a member of the subcommittee, whose proceedings he later described at some length
but not entirely accurately in his Autobiography. See also Ward's Diary entry of 10
Sept., Burnett, ed., Letters of Members, 1:28.
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, 2015.