Papers of John Adams, volume 3

To James Warren

To James Warren

To James Warren, 30 September 1775 JA Warren, James To James Warren, 30 September 1775 Adams, John Warren, James
To James Warren
Philadelphia Septr. 30. 1775 Dr sir

Mr. Lynch, Coll. Harrison, and Dr. Franklyn are preparing for a Journey to Watertown and Cambridge, one of whom will do me the Favour of taking this Letter.1

Mr. Lynch, you have seen before. He is an oppulent Planter of Great Understanding and Integrity and the best Affections to our Country and Cause.

Coll. Harrison, is of Virginia, and the Friend and Correspondent of the General, but it seems by a certain Letter, under some degree of Prejudice against our dear New Englandmen.2 These Prejudices however, have arisen from Misrepresentation and may be easily removed.

Dr. Franklyn needs nothing to be said. There is no abler or better American, that I know of.

I could wish a particular Attention and Respect to all Three.

I know you will be pleased to be introduced to these Gentlemen, because it will give you an opportunity of serving your Country.3 I am your Friend,

John Adams

RC (MHi:Warren-Adams Coll.); docketed: “Mr. J.: A Lettr Septr 30. 1775.”


Probably Franklin; see the following calendar entry, JA to James Warren, 30 Sept.


A reference to Harrison's letter to Washington of 21 July, which was intercepted with JA's two letters of 24 173July—to James Warren and to Abigail Adamsand published in the Massachusetts Gazette, 17 Aug. (see same).


This was the first of a series of letters of introduction (see JA to William Sever, 2 Oct.; to John Winthrop, 2 Oct.; and to Gen. Heath, 5 Oct., all below). The committee of the congress was appointed on 30 Sept. in response to a resolution of the previous day directing that a committee go immediately to Cambridge to confer with Washington, representatives of the New England colonies, and any others who could help in determining “the most effectual method of continuing, supporting, and regulating a continental army” ( JCC , 3:265, 266–267). The General Court was officially notified of the committee's mission on 14 Oct. and immediately made preparations for its reception. The committee arrived in Massachusetts on or about 17 Oct. (Mass., House Jour. , 1775–1776, 2d sess., p. 162–163; Artemas Ward to JA, 23 Oct., below).