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To John Adams from Joseph Warren, 20 May 1775

From Joseph Warren

Cambridge May. 20th. 1775

Dear Sir

Having wrote fully upon several Subjects to Mr. Hancock and Mr. Adams, upon several Matters which they will communicate to you,1 I can only add here that I Yesterday heard from your Family at Braintree were all in Health. A person having brought me a Letter from your Lady to me recommending one of your Brothers to be a Major in one of the Regiments, I am sorry the Letter did not arrive sooner, but I shall do all in my Power to obtain such a place for him yet, as he is the Brother of my Friend, and I hear is a worthy Man.2 I am Dear Sir most sincerely, Your Friend & Humble Servt.

Joseph Warren

RC (Adams Papers); addressed: “To John Adams Esqr. in Philadelphia”; docketed: “Joseph Warren May 20 1775.”

1In all likelihood Warren wrote in his capacity as president pro tempore of the Second Provincial Congress, an office which he assumed on 2 May (Mass. Provincial Congress, Jours. 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. description ends , p. 178). He probably wrote about a Massachusetts letter of 16 May, in which the Provincial Congress requested advice from the Continental Congress on constituting government for Massachusetts and urged the congress to take over control of the military forces.

2See AA to Joseph Warren, 13 May (Adams Family Correspondence description begins Adams Family Correspondence, ed. L. H. Butterfield and others, Cambridge, 1963– . description ends , 1:196).

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