Inhe had penned The Albany Plan for uniting the colonies, but the rest of the people were not ready at the time.
The delay was caused chiefly by the failure of some of the Iroquois to come to Albany on time, but even the colonial representatives did not arrive until after the scheduled opening date. DeLancey himself landed from his voyage up the Hudson promptly enough, June 13, but none of the commissioners from other provinces are known to have arrived before the 15th, and some reached Albany only on the 17th.
Some changes had taken place in the list of colonies participating in the Congress since the Board of Trade had directed that it be held. Commissioners were therefore present from the four New England colonies of New Hampshire, Massachusetts Bay, Rhode Island, and Connecticut, and from the two proprietary provinces of Pennsylvania and Maryland.
DeLancey presided at nine of the thirty-two sittings and officially represented his province at the Congress, but four members of the New York Council also attended most of the sessions. The sessions took place in the Albany court house.
For the first two days Banyar probably attended and took the minutes, but on June 21 Peter Wraxall was chosen secretary, and thereafter kept the official record.
Presumably each delegation received an official copy and the Congress ordered that all British governments on the continent might take copies of the whole or any part of the proceedings upon paying for them.
It is not certain, therefore, how many official copies were made and certified by Wraxall. Five complete, or virtually complete, copies are known to survive, one incomplete document is probably the largest part of another; some other manuscript versions—uncertified copies or later transcripts of the whole or parts of the record—also exist.
The entire text runs to over 20, words, not including the heading and attendance record of each of the thirty-two sittings.
The text has been printed in full several times, 6 and it seems unnecessary to reprint it here. Instead an abstract of the minutes for each session is given below, omitting entirely the substance of the speeches delivered to or by the Indians which actually took place at separate gatherings and indicating attendance or absence of particular members only when the fact seems pertinent.
A few significant phrases or longer passages are marked as being direct quotations from the minutes. The texts of important documents are printed separately below under their own dates, with cross-references to them in the abstract. Texts of the Commissions: William Pitkin, Roger Wolcott, Jr.
Stephen Hopkins, Martin Howard, Jr. Benjamin Tasker, Abraham Barnes. All above commissioners present except Hutchinson. Commissions, part of Board of Trade letter, Sept. Indian commissioners, June 15 and 18, read.
DeLancey promises attendance of N.
Whole of above letter of Board of Trade and above minutes of N. Indian commissioners read and entered on minutes.The Albany Plan of union was proposed by Benjamin Franklin and called for the formation of a permanent federation of the American colonies. 1 minutes to read The Albany Plan of Union was a proposal introduced by Benjamin Franklin during the Albany Congress in Albany Congress: Albany Congress, conference in U.S.
colonial history (June 19–July 11, ) at Albany, New York, that advocated a union of the British colonies in North America for their security and defense against the French, foreshadowing their later unification. The political push to increase cooperation among the then-loyal colonies began with the Albany Congress in and Benjamin Franklin's proposed intercolonial collaboration to help solve mutual local problems themselves; the Articles of Confederation would bear some resemblance to it.
Benjamin Franklin's attempt to create intercolonial unity at the Albany Congress resulted in Rejection of the Congress's proposal for colonial home rule by London and by the individual colonies.
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In he headed the Pennsylvania delegation to the Albany Congress and helped draft the Albany Plan of Union, a precursor to the Britannic Design of Franklin was serving as Pennsylvania's colonial agent to Parliament in when the Stamp Act was passed.