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Subject: [GENMASSACHUSETTS] Lancaster,Massachusetts in the Revolutionary War. Part 1.
Date: Tue, 11 Dec 2007 15:42:29 EST
Subject: The Committee of Correspondence in Lancaster, Mass.
Source: The History of Lancaster, Mass. by Rev. Abijah P. Marvin - Published
by the town
of Lancaster, Mass., 1879.
The Suffering Poor of Boston.
A meeting was called on the 5th of September, 1774, to consider various
ing to the general welfare. One article respected the granting relief to the
poor of the town of Boston, occasioned by the late act of Parliament,
blocking up the
port of Boston.
The town chose the following committee of correspondence, with the singular
that "any number even less than a majority - shall be sufficient to
represent the town."
The times required haste, and it would not do to delay, in some exigencies,
to collect the Committee from remote parts of the town.
Dr. William Dunsmoor, Deacon David Wilder, Aaron Sawyer, Captain Asa
Hezekiah Gates, John Prescott, Ephraim Sawyer - and subsquently Deacon
Deacon Josiah Wilder and Jonathan Wilder were added.
At a meeting, September 28, Dr. Dunsmoor was chosen delegate to a "proposed
Convention" "to be held at Concord. The committee were empowered to "buy two
instead of one field piece. The meeting was adjourned to December 12th, when
and Captains Gates and Whitcomb were appointed a committee to draw up an
League and Covenant for non-consumption of goods, etc.; for the inhabitants
At another meeting a committee of three was chosen to see what money was in
the hands of
the constables, and to "direct them not to pay any public money out of their
out the town's order." This action was intended to prevent any taxes going
to the loyal
treasurer of the province. The committee were: Dr. Josiah Wilder, Aaron
Sawyer. Instead of 2 pounders, the committee reported that they had bought
On October 31, the Town made arrangements that their money should not be
paid to the
provincial or county treasurer, but to Henry Gardner, Esquire, of Stow,
Mass., who had
been designated by the patriots as Receiver General.
An adjourned meeting held January 2, 1775, chose a "committee to receive
and donations for the suffering poor of Boston - as follows:
Deacon David Wilder
Deacon Asa Whitcomb
Capt. Daniel Robins
The Continental Congress which met not long before, formed an Association to
whole people in resisting aggression, and promoting the general welfare. The
to "abide by the spirit and sense" of the Association; and chose a large
see that the said Association be kept and observed by the inhabitants" of
the town. The
John Prescott, Captain
Josiah Kendall, Jr.
Captain Whitcomb and Dr. Dunsmoor were chosen delegates to the "Provincial
which met at Concord, in the following month.
Transcribed by Janice Farnsworth
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