Watertown, 8 November 1775. Printed form with spaces filled in appropriately (Adams Papers
); signed by Perez Morton, Deputy Secretary, and fifteen Council members.
This commission is identical to that received by JA
dated 6 September
appointing him Justice of the Peace of Suffolk County (see calendar entry, above)
except that it broadened his powers to include all of Massachusetts. Like the previous
commission, it was given under the patronage system, for at the same time that JA
was appointed, 26 others also received commissions, including the other four members
of the Massachusetts delegation to the Continental Congress (Records of the States,
Microfilm, Mass. E.1, Reel No. 9, Unit 1, p. 161). No evidence has been found, however,
ever made use of his commission.