Before leaving for the Congress

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Before leaving for the Congress, Adams had asked that his supporters in  Massachusetts rally and pass resolutions in protest of Britain's policies. When the  Suffolk Resolves–which denied the legitimacy of the Port Bill, urged defensive  preparations and ordered committees of correspondence to ready militias–arrived in  Philadelphia it took a long, hot debate before the Congress would agree to them. The  resolves became the equivalent of a mutual defense clause, and it implied that an attack  on Boston would be responded to with military force from across the colonies. The  Congress also passed a less- sweeping version of the Solemn Covenant, but none  doubted the measures would still have an effect. Richard Henry Lee wrote that he  believed the ship that carried news of the Congress to England would return with a  promise of compromise and reconciliation by the Crown.
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