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By the Great and General Court of the colony of Massachusetts-Bay. A proclamation The frailty of human nature, the wants of individuals, and the numerous dangers which surround them, through the course of life, have in all ages, and in every country, impell'd them to form societies, and establish governments .
In the House of Representatives, February 15, 1776 Resolved, that the plantations within this colony, not incorporated, be, and they are hereby impowered to call a meeting of the inhabitants ... and their doings shall be valid to all intents and purposes, as if they were incorporated into a town. .
In the House of Representatives, June 7th, 1776 A resolve of the late House of Representatives passed on the 10th of May, 1776, that the inhabitants of each town in this colony ought to be in full meeting warned for that purpose ... Therefore, resolved, as the opinion of this House, that such towns as have not complied ... duly warn a town-meeting for such purpose .
In Provincial Congress, Watertown, May 8th, 1775 Whereas there are divers persons now in this colony, who have by their conduct discovered themselves to be enemies to the rights of mankind, and the interests of America ... Therefore resolved, that ... the several committees of correspondence ... enquire into the principles and conduct of such suspected persons .
Colony of the Massachusetts-Bay. By the major part of the Council of the Massachusetts-Bay, in New-England. [Blank] Greeting By virtue of [illegible] and authority in and by the royal charter, in the absence of the governor and lieutenant-governor, to us given, we do by these presents (reposing special trust and confidence in your loyalty, courage and good conduct) constitute and appoint you the said [blank] .
In Congress, Friday, June 9, 1775 Resolved, that no obedience being due to the act of Parliament for altering the charter of the colony of Massachusetts-Bay ... it be recommended to the Provincial Congress to write letters to the inhabitants ... requesting them to chuse such representatives ... which Assembly and Council should exercise the powers of government .
In Provincial Congress, Watertown, April 30, 1775 Whereas an agreement has been made between General Gage and the inhabitants of the town of Boston, for the removal of persons ... as may be so disposed ... Resolved, that any of the inhabitants of this colony, who may incline to go into the town of Boston ... have toleration for that purpose .
In Provincial Congress, Watertown May 5, 1775 Whereas the term for which this present Congress was chose, expires on the thirtieth instant ... Resolved, that ... the several towns and districts ... forthwith elect and depute as many members, as to them shall seem necessary and expedient, to represent them in a Provincial Congress to be held ... in Watertown, on the 31st day of May instant .
In the House of Representatives, February 13, 1776 Whereas it appears to this Court, that it will be greatly conducive to the safety and welfare of this and the other colonies, at a time of common danger, that a committee be chosen in each town, and one only for the especial business of attending to the political and general interest of the colonies ... Resolved, that the several towns ... choose by written votes ... a committee of correspondence, inspection and safety .
In the House of Representatives, October 14, 1775 Ordered, that Col. Freeman, Col. Orne, Mr. Pitts, Mr. Sullivan, and Mr. Gerry, be a committee to make suitable provision and entertainment for the committee expected from the Honorable Continental Congress .
In the House of Representatives, September 17th, 1776 Resolved, that it be recommended to the male inhabitants of each town ... that they assemble as soon as they can in town-meeting ... and that in such meeting, they consider and determine whether they will give their consent that the present House of Representatives ... together with the Council ... should consult, agree on, and enact such a constitution and form of government for this state .
Cambridge, June 14, 1775. The following is a copy of an infamous thing handed about here yesterday, and now reprinted to satisfy the curiosity of the public. ..