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Boston (Mass.). Committee of Donations [Request for donations for the poor of Boston]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06657.02 Author/Creator: Boston (Mass.). Committee of Donations Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Broadsheet Date: circa 25 October 1774 Pagination: 2 p. ; 38.1 x 23.7 cm.

Summary of Content: Broadside listing the twenty six members of the committee (including Samuel Adams, Thomas Boylston, and John Adams) seeks donations in accord with their mission to relieve the "Poor, suffering by means of the Act of Parliament, commonly called the Boston Port-Bill." Discusses the plans and projects supported by the committee. Accompanied Samuel Adams's letter to Ezekiel Williams seeking a donation (see GLC06657.01). The verso mentions a meeting on 25 October 1774 in which ten members joined the committee; their names are listed.

Background Information:

People: Boston (Mass.)
Committee of Donations. Adams, Samuel, 1722-1803
Boylston, Thomas, 1721-1798
Adams, John, 1735-1826

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Continental CongressCongressRevolutionary WarSiege of BostonCharity and PhilanthropyDiet and nutritionPovertyBoston Port BillPresidentVice President

Sub Era: Road to Revolution

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