State of Massachusetts-Bay.
In the House of REPRESENTATIVES, February 19, 1779.
WHEREAS the Constitution or Form of Civil Government, which was proposed
by the late Convention of this state to the People thereof, hath been disapproved
by a Majority of the Inhabitants of said State:
And whereas it is doubtful, from the Representations made to this Court,
what are the Sentiments of the major Part of the good People of this state as
to the Expediency of now proceeding to form a new Constitution of Government
Therefore, Resolved, That the Selectmen of the several Towns within
this State cause the
Freeholders, and other Inhabitants in their respective Towns duly qualified
to vote for Representatives, to be lawfully warned to meet together in some
convenient Place therein, on or before the last Wednesday of May next,
to consider of and determine upon the following Questions.
First, Whether they chuse at this Time to have a new Constitution
or Form of Government made.
Secondly, Whether they will empower their Representatives for the
next Year to vote for the calling a State Convention, for the sole Purpose of
forming a new Constitution, provided it shall appear to them, on Examination,
that a major Part of the People present and voting at the Meetings called in
the Manner and for the Purpose aforesaid, shall have answered the first Question
in the Affirmative.
And in Order that the Sense of the People may be known thereon : Be
it further Resolved that the Selectmen of each Town be and hereby are directed
to return into the Secretary's Office, on or before the first Wednesday in June
next, the Doings of their respective Towns on the first Question above-mentioned,
certifying the Numbers voting in the Affirmative, and the Numbers voting in
the Negative, on said Question.
Sent up for Concurrence,
JOHN PICKERING, Speaker
In Council, February 20, 1779.
Read and concurred, JOHN AVERY, Dep. Sec'ry.
Consented to by the Major Part of the Council.
A true Copy, Attest,
JOHN AVERY, Dep. Sec'ry.