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    John Adams’ Service in the Council: 26 December 1775 – 24 January 1776

    From: Adams Papers | Papers of John Adams | Volume 3 | John Adams’ Service in the Council: 26 December 1775 – 24 January 1776

    1Editorial Note (Adams Papers)
    Adams returned to Braintree from Philadelphia on 21 December 1775 and departed from Watertown for the Continental Congress five weeks later on 25 January 1776 ( JA, Diary and Autobiography Diary and Autobiography of John Adams , ed. L. H. Butterfield and others, Cambridge, 1961; 4 vols. , 2: 226 , 227 ). Relatively little is known about his activities and thinking in this period, for he wrote...
    26 December 1775. Resolution to pay post-riders. M-Ar :207, p. 311–315. printed : Force, Archives [Peter Force, ed.,] American Archives: Consisting of a Collection of Authentick Records, State Papers, Debates, and Letters and Other Notices of Publick Affairs , Washington, 1837–1853; 9 vols. , 4th ser., 4:1242–1243. ( M-Ar :207, p. 311–315. printed : Force, Archives [Peter Force, ed.,]
    26 December 1775. Resolution appointing members to a joint committee to determine how bills of credit were to be signed and numbered. M-Ar :207, p. 316. printed : Force, Archives [Peter Force, ed.,] American Archives: Consisting of a Collection of Authentick Records, State Papers, Debates, and Letters and Other Notices of Publick Affairs , Washington, 1837–1853; 9 vols. , 4th ser., 4:1243. (...
    Resolution to pay John Davis a sum in behalf of Edward Johnson, a petitioning soldier. M-Ar :207, p. 317–318. ( M-Ar :207, p. 317–318).
    26 December 1775. Resolution to approve committee report recommending payment to the Committee of Supplies for its services, in response to its petition. M-Ar :207, p. 319–321. ( M-Ar :207, p. 319–321).
    27 December 1775. Resolution to approve appointment of a committee to assist the commissary general in procuring military supplies. M-Ar :207, p. 326. ( M-Ar :207, p. 326).
    28 December 1775. Resolution to liberate Henry Middleton and George Price, prisoners in the Plymouth jail. M-Ar : 164, p. 228. ( M-Ar : 164, p. 228).
    28 December 1775. Resolution ordering committee for purchasing saltpeter to deliver it to Richard Devens. M-Ar :207, p. 329. ( M-Ar :207, p. 329).
    28 December 1775. Recommendation to towns to promote the manufacture of saltpeter. M-Ar :207, p. 330. ( M-Ar :207, p. 330).
    28 December 1775. Resolution to approve payment to Committee for the Poor of Boston to assist those at Shirley Point (see Joseph Ward to JA , 3 Dec., note 1 , above). M-Ar :207, p. 331. ( M-Ar :207, p. 331).
    29 December 1775. Resolution ordering the Milton committee to deliver Thomas Hutchinson’s furniture to Mrs. Deborah Cushing. M-Ar : 207, p. 332. ( M-Ar : 207, p. 332).
    30 December 1775. Resolution concerning payment of military companies at Braintree, Weymouth, and Hingham (see Josiah Quincy to JA , 2 Jan. 1776, note 1 , below). M-Ar :207, p. 337. ( M-Ar :207, p. 337).
    30 December 1775. Resolution approving a new levy of men for the seacoast forces. M-Ar :207, p. 351–352. ( M-Ar :207, p. 351–352).
    3 January 1776. Resolution to have copies made of military rolls for use of the treasurer. M-Ar :207, p. 366. Printed: Force, Archives [Peter Force, ed.,] American Archives: Consisting of a Collection of Authentick Records, State Papers, Debates, and Letters and Other Notices of Publick Affairs , Washington, 1837–1853; 9 vols. , 4th ser., 4:1251. ( M-Ar :207, p. 366.) Printed: ( Force,...
    3 January 1776. Approval of mittimus of Moses Wayman and Samuel Webb to Plymouth jail. M-Ar : 164, p. 230. ( M-Ar : 164, p. 230).
    4 January 1776. Message to House concerning the guarding of Hull and other towns. M-Ar :207, p. 369. printed : Force, Archives [Peter Force, ed.,] American Archives: Consisting of a Collection of Authentick Records, State Papers, Debates, and Letters and Other Notices of Publick Affairs , Washington, 1837–1853; 9 vols. , 4th ser., 4:1252. ( M-Ar :207, p. 369.) printed : ( Force, Archives
    5 January 1776. Resolution to supply the Continental Army with 4,000 blankets. M-Ar :207, p. 370–374. ( M-Ar :207, p. 370–374).
    5 January 1776. Resolution concerning mittimus of sixteen named men to Worcester jail. M-Ar : 164, p. 231. printed : Naval Docs. Amer. Rev. William Bell Clark, William James Morgan (from vol. 5), and others, eds., Naval Documents of the American Revolution , Washington, 1964-  , 3:631. ( M-Ar : 164, p. 231.) printed : ( Naval Docs. Amer. Rev. William Bell Clark, William James Morgan (from vol....
    6 January 1776. Order to Plymouth jail to release James Middleton. M-Ar :164, p. 234. ( M-Ar :164, p. 234).
    6 January 1776. Resolution directing the Receiver General to pay £8,000 to the committee for fitting out vessels for importing powder. M-Ar :283, p. 141. ( M-Ar :283, p. 141).
    10 January 1776. Resolution ordering Frenchman’s Bay committee to deliver clothing to Neal Mclntyre or to Charles Chauncy in Mclntyre’s behalf. M-Ar :207, p. 392. printed : Force, Archives [Peter Force, ed.,] American Archives: Consisting of a Collection of Authentick Records, State Papers, Debates, and Letters and Other Notices of Publick Affairs , Washington, 1837–1853; 9 vols. , 4th ser.,...
    15 January 1776. Resolution to allow the accounts of the treasurer of Barnstable county. M-Ar :207, p. 405. ( M-Ar :207, p. 405).
    17 January 1776. Order to Worcester jail to release Thomas Mullin. M-Ar :164, p. 237. ( M-Ar :164, p. 237).
    19 January 1776. Order that blankets collected in Hampshire and Berkshire counties be retained there for use by troops going northward. M-Ar :207, p. 423–424. ( M-Ar :207, p. 423–424).
    19 January 1776. Resolution requesting accounts from towns of powder, lead, and flints supplied to the Continental Army. M-Ar :207, p. 426. printed : Force, Archives [Peter Force, ed.,] American Archives: Consisting of a Collection of Authentick Records, State Papers, Debates, and Letters and Other Notices of Publick Affairs , Washington, 1837–1853; 9 vols. , 4th ser., 4:1267. ( M-Ar :207, p....
    19 January 1776. Resolution ordering commissioners designated to erect a powder mill to do so at Stoughton. M-Ar :207, p. 429. printed : Force, Archives [Peter Force, ed.,] American Archives: Consisting of a Collection of Authentick Records, State Papers, Debates, and Letters and Other Notices of Publick Affairs , Washington, 1837–1853; 9 vols. , 4th ser., 4:1270. ( M-Ar :207, p. 429.) printed...
    Resolution for raising 728 officers and men in Hampshire and Berkshire counties to go to Canada. M-Ar :207, p. 430. printed : Force, Archives [Peter Force, ed.,] American Archives: Consisting of a Collection of Authentick Records, State Papers, Debates, and Letters and Other Notices of Publick Affairs , Washington, 1837–1853; 9 vols. , 4th ser., 4:1270. ( M-Ar :207, p. 430.) printed : ( Force,...
    19 January 1776. Resolution to approve choice of field officers for regiment going to Canada. M-Ar : 207, p. 434. printed : Force, Archives [Peter Force, ed.,] American Archives: Consisting of a Collection of Authentick Records, State Papers, Debates, and Letters and Other Notices of Publick Affairs , Washington, 1837–1853; 9 vols. , 4th ser., 4:1270. ( M-Ar : 207, p. 434.) printed : ( Force,...
    24 January 1776. Resolution approving appointment of a committee to call in misprinted bills of credit. M-Ar :207, p. 461. ( M-Ar :207, p. 461).
    24 January 1776. Resolution approving an order that bills of credit be delivered to the committee appointed to sign them and that it in turn deliver them to the treasurer. M-Ar :207, p. 465. ( M-Ar :207, p. 465).