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. As a result of rising murmurs over plural officeholding, JA
had recently resigned his seat in the Council (JA
to James Otis Sr., 29 April
, printed in JA's Works
, 9:374, from a MS
not now to be found). On the first day the new House sat, 29 May, a mass resignation
of councilors took place, and the new Council contained twelve new members (among
twenty-eight elected), and none who were serving as delegates to the Continental Congress
(Mass., House Jour.
, 1776–1777, p. 6–7). See also JA's Diary and Autobiography
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.