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[429] tion, which included the whole revolution, ‘that a
Chap. XLVIII.} 1772. Nov.
Committee of Correspondence be appointed, to consist of twenty-one persons, to state the Rights of the Colonists and of this Province in particular, as men, as Christians, and as subjects, to communicate and publish the same to the several towns in this Province and to the world, as the sense of this town, with the infringements and violations thereof, that have been or from time to time may be made; also requesting of each town a free communication of their sentiments on this subject.’ The end in view was a general Confederacy against the authority of Parliament; the towns of the Province were to begin; the Assembly to confirm their doings and invite the other Colonies to join.1

The motion was readily adopted; but it was difficult to raise the Committee. Cushing, Hancock, and Phillips, three of the four Representatives of

1 Hutchinson to a Friend in England, I suppose Sir Francis Bernard, 14 June, 1773. ‘I had the fullest evidence,’ &c. &c.

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