. On the election of John Hancock over James Bowdoin as first governor under the new
constitution, see AA
, 5 July
(vol. 3, above), and note 7
, with references there. On 31 Oct., Bowdoin addressed a letter to the General Court
declining, “by reason of a continued ill-state of health,” his election both as a
member of the Senate and as lieutenant governor (Boston Gazette
, 6 Nov. 1780, p. 2, col. 1–2). On 7 Nov., James Warren was elected lieutenant governor,
but he too declined (same, 13 Nov., p. 4, col. 1; his letter of declination, dated
10 Nov. and citing the distance of his residence from Boston and prior obligations,
is in same, 20 Nov., p. 4, col. 2). Shortly thereafter, Thomas Cushing, a supporter
of Hancock and Suffolk judge of probate, was chosen; after some deliberation he accepted.
See Cotton Tufts to JA
, 27 Nov.