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Robert Treat Paine Papers, Volume 3


From William Baylies

22 April 1775

From Eunice Paine

9 May 1775
Extract from the Minutes of the Provincial Congress
Provincial Congress
[Wednesday,] May 3, 1775, [A.M.]

Ordered, That Doct. Taylor, Mr. Lothrop and Mr. Paine, be a committee1 to forward the proclamations, for a fast, into the country, as soon as possible.

Resolved, That this last mentioned order be reconsidered; and thereupon, Ordered, that the committee who were appointed at Concord for dispersing the proclamations, be required to perform their duty with all possible expedition.2

Printed in the Journals of Each Provincial Congress, 185.


RTP’s fellow appointees on this abortive committee were John Taylor of Lunenburg (1735–1794) and Isaac Lothrop of Plymouth (1735–1808) (Schutz, Legislators of the Mass. General Court).


RTP was re-elected to the Third Provincial Congress, which met at Watertown from May 31 to July 19, but he did not attend as he was at the Continental Congress in Philadelphia throughout the session. Fellow delegates representing Taunton were Col. George Williams and Capt. Simeon Williams (Journals of Each Provincial Congress, 271, 278).