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Matthew Thornton chosen President


Wednesday, May 17, 1775.

The Members being called over and seated, proceeded as follows:

Voted, That the Honourable Matthew Thornton, Esq˙, be President.

Voted, That Ebenezer Thompson, Esq˙, be Secretary.

Voted, That as Ebenezer Thompson, Esquire, the elected Secretary, is not present, Samuel Cutts, Esquire, be Secretary pro tempore.

At the desire of the Convention, the Reverend Mr˙ Stearns made a prayer.

Voted, That those Members who did not produce certificates be allowed to sit in Convention until the adjournment; and if they do not then produce them, to be excluded.

Voted, That the Reverend Mr˙ Stearns, Colonel Folsom, Mr˙ President, George Frost,, Esquire, Mr˙ Wheelock, Mr˙ Sparhawk, and the Reverend Mr˙ Webster, be a Committee to draw up Rules to be observed by the Members of this Convention while sitting, and present them as soon as may be.

Voted, That the aforesaid Committee, together with Mr˙ Whipple and Mr˙ Cutts, be a Committee to report what they think necessary to be done about establishing a Post-Office.

Adjourned till to-morrow, eight o' clock in the morning.