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convention
used in 1776

2 meanings, 10 uses
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1  —9 uses as in:
to convene
Definition
a large conference or meeting
  • The council of war convened in his office as scheduled the next morning—three major generals, including the venerable Israel Putnam, and four brigadiers.
    p. 51.7
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • It was there that Washington conferred with his highest-ranking officers, convened his councils of war, and, with staff help, coped with numberless problems of organization, issued orders, and labored over correspondence—paperwork without end, letters to Congress, appeals to the governors of the New England states, and the legislature of Massachusetts.
    p. 42.0
  • On January 16, two days after his woeful letter to Reed, Washington convened a council of war with Generals Ward, Putnam, Heath, Spencer, Sullivan, Greene, and Gates present, but also James Warren, head of the Massachusetts Assembly, and John Adams.
    p. 81.3
  • When the council of war convened again the first thing the next morning, it was reluctantly concluded that given the "present feeble state" of the army, no troops could be spared for Quebec.
    p. 81.8
  • On February i 6, Washington convened his council of war for what he hoped would be unanimous agreement that the time had come to attack.
    p. 86.9
  • Howe made no mention in his official account of the council of war convened at seven o'clock, or of any second thoughts on his part.
    p. 97.5
  • By the time the council convened, on September 7, at Washington's headquarters at the Mortier house north of town, the letter from John Hancock had arrived saying Congress wanted no damage done to New York.
    p. 206.5
  • It was abandoning Philadelphia for the first time since convening there for the First Continental Congress in 1774.
    p. 267.0
  • In the last light of day Cornwallis and his commanders had convened to decide whether to carry the attack across the Assunpink still again, or to wait for daylight.
    p. 287.8

There are no more uses of "convention" flagged with this meaning in 1776.

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2  —1 use as in:
conventional behavior
Definition
something regarded as normal or typical
  • At age thirty-three, Nathanael Greene was the youngest general officer in what constituted the American army, and by conventional criterion, an improbable choice for such responsibility.
    p. 20.6

There are no more uses of "convention" flagged with this meaning in 1776.

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