[dateline] Phyladelphia June 22. 1775
In Complyance with your Request We have considered of what you proposed to us, and
are obliged to give you our Sentiments, very briefly, and in great Haste.
In general, Sir, there will be three Committees, either of a Congress, or of an House
of Representatives, which are and will be composed of our best Men; Such, whose Judgment
and Integrity, may be most rely'd on; the Committee on the State of the Province,
the Committee of Safety, and the Committee of Supplies.
But least this Should be too general, We beg leave to mention particularly Messrs
Bowdoin, Sever, Dexter, Greenleaf, Darby, Pitts, Otis of the late Council, Hon. John
Winthrop Esq. L.L.D., Joseph Hawley Esqr. of Northampton, James Warren Esqr. of Plymouth,
Coll. Palmer of Braintree, Coll. Orne and Elbridge Gerry Esqr. of Marblehead, Dr.
Warren, Dr. Church, Mr. John Pitts all of Boston, Dr. Langdon President of Harvard
Colledge, and Dr. Chauncey and Dr. Cooper of Boston. Coll. Forster of Brookfield.1
The Advice and Recommendations of these Gentlemen, and of Some others whom they may
introduce to your Acquaintance may be depended on.
With great Sincerity, We wish you, an agreable Journey and a glorious Campaign; and
are with much Esteem and Respect, Sir, your most obedient Servants.
[signed] Samuel Adams
[signed] John Hancock
[signed] John Adams
[signed] Thomas Cushing
[signed] Robt. Treat Paine