Before the [Continental] Congress had opened, John Adams had filled his diary with dismayed comments on the pervasive suspicion of New Englanders. A group of Philadelphia Quakers reminded the Massachusetts delegation that their ancestors had hanged several Quakers in the previous century and laws still barred the sect from the province. "We have numberless prejudices to remove here," Adams wrote to one friend back home. "We have been obliged to act with great delicacy and caution."
Liberty, by Thomas Fleming; page 94