. Written on an otherwise blank front leaf in D/JA/26, this is evidently tentative phrasing
for an article in the report of the committee of the whole on American trade. From
16 Feb. on, this committee discussed from time to time the opening of American ports,
and on 6 April Congress voted certain regulations including the present one, though
in different language (JCC
, 4:154, 257).
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.