Papers of John Adams, volume 3

To James Warren

To John Winthrop

12 To James Warren, 26 May 1775 JA Warren, James To James Warren, 26 May 1775 Adams, John Warren, James
To James Warren
Phyladelphia May 26. 1775 Dr Sir

The Bearers of this are two young Gentlemen from Maryland, of one of the best and first Families in that Province.1 One of them is a Lawyer, the other a Physician. Both have independent Fortunes. Such is their Zeal in the Cause of America, and Such their fellow Feeling for the People of our Province, that they are determined to Spend the Summer, in our Camp in order to gain Experience and perfect themselves in the Art military. They are soldiers already. Their name is Hall.

It will be of great Importance that these Gentlemen should be treated with the Utmost Delicacy, and Politeness. Their Letters to their Friends will have a great Influence on the Southern Colonies.

I Should take it as a favour if you would introduce these Gentlemen, to all our best Friends, and to the Knowledge of every Thing that can Serve the Cause.

I can not inform you of any Thing, passing here that is worth knowing. I hope We shall give Satisfaction. But it must be a work of Time. I am your Friend,

John Adams

RC (MHi:Warren-Adams Coll.).


This is one of a series of four extant letters of introduction for Aquilla Hall and Josias Carvell Hall written between 26 and 29 May. See JA to AA, 26 May, Adams Family Correspondence , 1:206–207; JA to Joseph Palmer, 29 May (CSmH), not printed; JA to John Winthrop, 29 May (below). Aquilla was the lawyer, his brother, the physician. The latter served in the 9th Infantry, Maryland Line in 1776 (Henry J. Berkley, “Maryland Physicians at the Period of the Revolutionary War,” Md. Hist. Mag. , 24:8 [March 1929]). Besides introducing the two men, these letters show JA's concern to maintain good relations between the northern and southern colonies in the common effort against Great Britain.