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Docno: ADMS-04-01-02-0132

Author: Adams, Abigail
Recipient: Warren, Joseph
Date: 1775-05-13

Abigail Adams to Joseph Warren

[salute] Sir

A Brother of Mr. Adams'es who has been a Captain of a Company in this Town, is desirous of joining the Army provided he can obtain [a] Birth; he would prefer a Majors to any other. As he has not any acquaintance with any Gentleman in the Army, except Coll. Palmer, he requested me to write you a line, in his behalf; he is a person both of steadiness and probity, and if there should be any place open in the army wherein he could serve his Country, I believe he would discharge the Trust reposed in him to acceptance. Your intrest Sir in his favour, would oblige [both him?] 1 and his absent Brother, as well as your Humble Servant,
[signed] Abigail Adams2
RC (formerly in M-Ar: vol. 193; now missing); addressed: “To Docter Joseph Warren Watertown”; present text from a facsimile in Albert Bushnell Hart, ed., Commonwealth History of Massachusetts, Boston, 1927–1930, vol. 3: facing p. 220.
1. Facsimile (and presumably the MS ) mutilated.
2. AA 's application was in behalf of JA 's brother Elihu. Warren told JA in a letter dated at Cambridge, 20 May (Adams Papers), that he had received AA 's letter and would “do all in [his] Power to obtain” a major's commission for Elihu “in one of the Regiments.” But it does not appear that he succeeded { 197 } in doing so. The opposition of Elihu's mother may have been the stumbling block; see AA to JA , 25 June, below. In the following August, while serving as a captain of Massachusetts troops in the army besieging Boston, Elihu caught the prevailing camp dysentery and died ( AA to JA , 10–11 Aug., below).