From John Thomas
Camp at Roxbury Novr. 1. 1775
I wrote you some time since the Gentlemen of the Committee from the Congress and presume’d to trouble you once more on the Account of the Hospital at Roxbury.
When I had the command last Spring att this place it was found Necessary to Establish a Hospital here. I Apply’d to the Provincial Congress on the matter and was by them desir’d to Establish One. I Accordingly took the House on Jamaica Plains, where Commadore Loring formerly live’d1 and Doctor Warren Appointed Doctor Aspinwall—A Gentleman regularly educated in the Profession, as Surgeon of said Hospital, who has conducted Extreamly Well, and I am ceartain this Hospital is under <
better> the best regulation of any in either Camp, and I understand he is not Provided for. Now if tis Consistant I could freely recommend him for some imployment in that Way, as I am certain no one wou’d give better Satisfaction in this department. I am Sir with Very great respect, Yr honours hum Ser
RC (Adams Papers); addressed: “To The Honourable John Adams Philadelphia”; docketed: “Gen. Thomas. Novr. 1. 1775.”
1. The Loring house, commandeered from the tory Joshua Loring, is described in Francis S. Drake, The Town of Roxbury: Its Memorable Persons and Places, Roxbury, Mass., 1878, p. 414–415, with accompanying small engraving.