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. In JA
's eyes, Hancock's tenure as president was temporary in that he had been elected to
fill the vacancy Peyton Randolph made by returning to Virginia to preside as speaker
over a session of the House of Burgesses a few days after his re-election in May as
president of the Continental Congress. JA
's criticism of Hancock suggests the hostility that had grown up between them (JCC
, 2:12, 58–59; Adams Family Correspondence
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.