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Context of Commonwealth of Massachusetts. To the selectmen of [blank] in the fourth middle district--Greeting: : Whereas the Constitution of the United States provides that when vacancies in Congress happen in the representation from any state, the executive authority thereof shall issue writs of election to fill such vacancies: these are therefore ... to will and require you, ... to cause the freeholders and other inhabitants of the town of [blank] duly qualified to vote for representatives to the General Court of this commonwealth, to assemble on Thursday, the twenty-fourth day of August current, to give their votes to the selectmen, who shall preside at said meeting, for one representative, that is an inhabitant of the said district, to represent them in the Congress of the United States of America, in the room of the Hon. Theophilus Bradbury, Esq. appointed a justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of this commonwealth, and who has resigned his seat in Congress. ...
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