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Massachusetts Provincial Congress



Journal of the Proceedings of the Congress of the Colony of MASSACHUSETTS-BAY; assembled at CONCORD, Saturday, APRIL 22, 1775.



Mr˙ Gerry represented to Congress, that a Letter from Mr˙ Quincy to Mr˙ Adams, had been delivered to him,


with a desire that it might be opened by Congress in Mr˙ Adams' s absence:

After some debate,

Ordered, That the Members present, belonging to the Committee on the state of the Province, retire, open, and peruse the said Letter, and report to Congress what parts they think proper.

The Committee retired, and desired that the whole be read in Congress;


Which being done,

Ordered, That the same be sent to Doctor Warren, to be used at his discretion.

Adjourned to Watertown, at four o' clock, P˙ M.

Watertown, 4 o' clock, P˙ M.

Congress met according to adjournment.

Ordered, That Mr˙ Watson notify the Committee of Safety of the time and place of our adjournment, and request their attendance with whatever plans they may have in readiness for us; and also notify the absent members that are at Cambridge, and request their punctual attendance.

Ordered, That Mr˙ Sullivan, Colonel Gushing, and Mr˙ Crane, be a Committee to wait on the Selectmen for liberty of the Meeting-House during the session of Congress here.

They returned, and reported that the Selectmen readily granted their request.

Ordered, That Mr˙ Gerry, Colonel Gushing, Colonel Barrett, Captain Stone, Dr˙ Taylor, Mr˙ Sullivan, Mr˙ Freeman, Mr˙ Watson, and Esquire Dix, be a Committee to take Depositions, in perpetuam, from which a full account of the transactions of the Troops under General Gage, in their route to and from Concord, &c˙, on Wednesday last, may be collected, to be sent to England by the first ship from Salem.

Adjourned to this place, to-morrow, at 7 o' clock, A˙ M.