Report of Committee on liberating Prisoners taken by Gen. Gage, the 19th of April, (Note) Resolve on the same subject. [1775-05-03] Massachusetts, Provincial Congress. [S4-V2-p0784] [Document Details][Complete Volume]
Note from page v2:784: 1.*IN PROVINCIAL CONGRESS, WATERTOWN, MAY 3, 1775.
The Committee who were appointed by this Congress to consider what measures are proper to be taken for liberating those persons who were taken prisoners by the Troops under General Gage, on the nineteenth of April, beg leave to report, they are of opinion, that if an application were sent to General Gage, signed by the wives or nearest relations of such prisoners, and the Selectmen of the Towns to which they respectively belong, who are empowered hereby to offer to send in those names, it would be the most effectual method which could be taken for their release; but if such application should be unsuccessful, they think it would be highly expedient for this Congress to consent to an exchange of prisoners; further, to take such measures in assistance to the friends of those unhappy captives as, in their wisdom, they may think will be proper to be taken for that pur