What Are Committees of Correspondence?

Committees of Correspondence were created by the American Colonies for communication between colonies prior to the American Revolution. They helped coordinate plans of resistance against the British government.

The first Committee of Correspondence was formed in 1764, in Boston, to increase opposition from the other American colonies of Britain's paper money policies. New York formed a committee the following year to oppose Britain's Stamp Act. In 1773, a colonial legislature decided that intercolonial communication should be conducted by a standing committee from each colony. These early committees led to the eventual creation of a permanent communication structure between the colonies, as well as the formation of the First Colonial Congress.