From James Warren
Watertown [Mass.] Augt 3. 1775
I Inclose Agreable to your Excellencys desire a List of Such Officers in the army as have received Commissions from the Congress of this Colony: and Also the Resolves of the Congress: which though Inaccurate may serve to Shew in what manner the Congress Intended to Rank the several Regiments raised in this Colony.1 I am with the Greatest Respect Your Excellencys most obedt humbe Servt
1. The resolutions to which Warren refers are probably those of 19 May 1775 in which it was provided that a committee should “bring in a resolve, settling the rank or number of the regiments, according to the rank or age of the counties from whence the majority of the regiments shall come” and “that the rank of the regiments, where there are more than one in each county, be according to the rank which those regiments (have) formerly sustained in the old arrangement from which they are taken, provided that can be ascertained, and where that cannot be determined, the rank to be determined by lot” (Mass. Prov. Congress Journals description begins William Lincoln, ed. The Journals of Each Provincial Congress of Massachusetts in 1774 and 1775, and of the Committee of Safety. Boston, 1838. (Microfilm Collection of Early State Records). description ends , 243). GW apparently wanted this information for use by a board of field officers that was to set the precedence of all regiments and officers in the Continental army. See General Orders, 5 Aug. 1775.