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First Notions Of Protection


In 1772, the first Committee of Correspondence is formed in Boston to write a declaration of colonists’ rights and a list of their grievances against Britain. Both documents mention protecting individuals against unreasonable search and seizure. Samuel Adams is the main author of the Rights of Colonists, which consists of three parts: the natural rights of colonists as men; the rights of the colonists as Christians; and the rights of the colonists as subjects (of the British crown). Dr. Joseph Warren produces a List of Infringements and Violations of Rights.