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Contrasting Reactions to the Massachusetts Convention

Massachusetts towns had a range of responses to Boston’s invitation in September 1768 to come to a Convention in Faneuil Hall and discuss the province’s grievances. The 26 Sept 1768 Boston Gazette proudly ran a dispatch from Petersham in Worcester...
From: Boston 1775 on 27 Sep 2018

The Vote on the Circular Letter at Last

On 30 June 1768, 250 years ago today, the Massachusetts House and Gov. Francis Bernard finally had their showdown over the Circular Letter to other colonies’ legislatures.Bernard reported to his superior in London, Secretary of State Hillsborough:I...
From: Boston 1775 on 30 Jun 2018

“The House then adjourn’d till To-morrow Morning”

At the end of the workday on 28 June 1768, Gov. Francis Bernard demanded that the Massachusetts House respond to his week-old message about their Circular Letter to other colonial legislatures.The Crown—meaning Secretary of State Hillsborough speaking...
From: Boston 1775 on 29 Jun 2018

“They did not desire to be knocked on the head”

On 21 June 1768, as quoted back here, Gov. Francis Bernard passed on the instructions from the Earl of Hillsborough, Secretary of State, that the Massachusetts House had to rescind its Circular Letter to other colonial legislatures. Bernard didn’t...
From: Boston 1775 on 28 Jun 2018

What the Circular Letter of 1768 Signified

You may have noticed how in all these postings about the Massachusetts House’s Circular Letter of 1768, quoting politicians on the circular letter and on the debate over the circular letter, I’ve never actually quoted the circular letter.That’s...
From: Boston 1775 on 27 Jun 2018

What Prompted Reconsideration of the Circular Letter?

As I described here, on 21 Jan 1768 a legislative committee steered by James Otis, Jr., and Samuel Adams proposed that the Massachusetts House send a circular letter to the other colonial legislatures.And the House voted that down.But then on 4 February,...
From: Boston 1775 on 25 Jun 2018

A Request for Documents Concerning the Circular Letter

On 22 June 1768, the Massachusetts House chose a committee to respond to Gov. Francis Bernard’s transmission of the Earl of Hillsborough’s response to their circular letter. That committee consisted largely of the men who had served on the...
From: Boston 1775 on 23 Jun 2018

“A Speech near two hours long of the most violent & virulent Nature”

By mid-June 1768, the Massachusetts House had received several favorable responses to the circular letter that the previous elected assembly had sent out in February.Speaker of the house Thomas Cushing’s counterparts had replied from New Hampshire...
From: Boston 1775 on 22 Jun 2018

“A Measure of so inflammatory a Nature”

In February 1768, the Massachusetts House sent its soon-to-be-famous Circular Latter to other colonial legislatures. That same month, Wills Hill, the Earl of Hillsborough (shown here), took over as Secretary of State for North America. Like his predecessor,...
From: Boston 1775 on 21 Jun 2018

Voting Against and For the Circular Letter

It’s hard to know exactly what happened when James Otis, Jr., Samuel Adams, and the rest of their committee presented the Massachusetts General Court with the first draft of a circular letter to other colonial assemblies on 21 Jan 1768. Legislative...
From: Boston 1775 on 20 Jun 2018

Behind Massachusetts’s Circular Letter

The story of the Massachusetts Circular Letter of 1768 starts with the previous year’s session of the Massachusetts General Court.That provincial legislature was supposed to reconvene after its spring session on 2 Sept 1767. But that summer Parliament...
From: Boston 1775 on 19 Jun 2018

“Preserving a perfect Conciliation”

Late on 14 June 1768, a large committee from Boston town meeting headed by James Otis, Jr., visited Gov. Francis Bernard at his country house in Jamaica Plain. The governor reported receiving “a Train of 11 Chaises.”The committee presented...
From: Boston 1775 on 16 Jun 2018

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