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. News of the Howe peace commission appeared in the Boston Gazette
of 4 March and the New England Chronicle
of 6 March, both apparently obtaining their information from a London dispatch dated
21 Nov. – 20 Dec. appearing in the Massachusetts Gazette
of 29 Feb., the final issue of that paper. The newspaper accounts, however, mention
only 36 commissioners. Instead of treating with the congress, the commissioners were
to demand the dissolving of every such illegal body. The best recent discussion of
the evolution of instructions to Lord Howe is in Ira D. Gruber, The Howe Brothers and the American Revolution
, N.Y., 1972, chs. 2 and 3, with a good summary at p. 77.
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.