. Gov. Gage permitted citizens to leave Boston on condition they took no firearms or
ammunition among their possessions. In response, the Provincial Congress resolved
to permit those wishing to live in Boston to do so on the same condition and even
to send out for their effects later. The congress further resolved that those too
poor to pay for their leaving and resettlement (estimated at 5,000) should be assisted
by the towns among which they were apportioned, reimbursement to come from the provincial
, p. 172–173, 176–177, 184).