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Phillips, Samuel (1752-1802) Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02444 Author/Creator: Phillips, Samuel (1752-1802) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Broadside Date: 19 November 1788 Pagination: 2 p. ; 41.1 x 34.1 cm.

Summary of Content: Commonwealth of Masachusetts set of resolutions to create separate districts within Massachusetts with representatives from each district. States the common dates for election of representatives and establishes that elected representatives must then vote for an assembly President and Vice President. Motion passed in the House of Representatives on November 20, 1788; Motion passed in the Senate on November 19, 1788. Signed by Samuel Phillips as jun. President, Theodore Sedgwick as Speaker, John Avery as jun. Secretary, and John Hancock. Writing on verso notes the meeting date and time for a group of selectmen from Roxbury, Massachusetts. Reference number: Evans 21240.

Background Information:

People: Phillips, Samuel, 1752-1802
Sedgwick, Theodore, 1746-1813
Hancock, John, 1737-1793
Avery, John, 1739-1806

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Government and CivicsPoliticsElectionMassachusetts

Sub Era: Creating a New Government

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