Papers of John Adams, volume 3

Draft Resolution Appointing a Fast-Day

To James Warren

From Joseph Warren, 20 May 1775 Warren, Joseph JA


From Joseph Warren, 20 May 1775 Warren, Joseph Adams, John
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.”


In 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. , 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.


See AA to Joseph Warren, 13 May ( Adams Family Correspondence , 1:196).