pro tempore of the "Congress of the Colony of the Massachusetts-Bay," [Cambridge?], 19 May 1775. 1 page, oblong (7 3/8 x 11 7/8 in.), very browned, silked,small abrasion at top left neatly mended. Accomplished in manuscript and countersigned by Sam Freeman, Secretary. | Christie's" /> WARREN, Joseph (1741-1775), <I>patriot, Major General of Militia</I>. Partly printed document signed ("Jos Warren") as President <I>pro tempore</I> of the "Congress of the Colony of the Massachusetts-Bay," [Cambridge?], 19 May 1775. <I>1 page, oblong (7 3/8 x 11 7/8 in.), very browned, silked,small abrasion at top left neatly mended.</I> Accomplished in manuscript and countersigned by Sam Freeman, Secretary. | Christie's
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    WARREN, Joseph (1741-1775), patriot, Major General of Militia. Partly printed document signed ("Jos Warren") as President pro tempore of the "Congress of the Colony of the Massachusetts-Bay," [Cambridge?], 19 May 1775. 1 page, oblong (7 3/8 x 11 7/8 in.), very browned, silked,small abrasion at top left neatly mended. Accomplished in manuscript and countersigned by Sam Freeman, Secretary.

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    WARREN, Joseph (1741-1775), patriot, Major General of Militia. Partly printed document signed ("Jos Warren") as President pro tempore of the "Congress of the Colony of the Massachusetts-Bay," [Cambridge?], 19 May 1775. 1 page, oblong (7 3/8 x 11 7/8 in.), very browned, silked,small abrasion at top left neatly mended. Accomplished in manuscript and countersigned by Sam Freeman, Secretary.

    SIGNED A MONTH AFTER THE LEXINGTON & CONCORD ALARM AND A MONTH BEFORE WARREN'S DEATH AT BUNKER'S HILL

    An appointment dated during the critical early phases of the Revolution in Massachusetts. Warren and Freeman officially commission Zebediah Sabins "to be Lieutenant of the Foot Company in the Regiment of Foot whereof John Patterson Esq. is Colonel, raised by Congress...for the Defence of said Colony." Sabins is enjoined to "diligently discharge the Duty of a Lieutenant in leading, ordering and exercising the said Company in Arms," and to follow orders "according to military Rules and Discipline in War." In the immediate aftermath of the Lexington alarm, with Massachusetts in an uproar, the Provisional Congress of Massachusetts authorized the raising of 13,600 troops.

    Warren (1741-1775), a Boston physician, orator and patriot, was a pivotal figure in the early revolutionary agitation in Massachusetts. He drafted the Suffolk Resolves, was active at town meetings during the British occupation and served on the Committee of Safety after the Boston Massacre (1770). A member of the first three Provincial Congresses, he was President pro tempore in 1775 and then President. It was Warren who, on the night of April 18, dispatched Paul Revere and William Dawes on horseback to warn the patriots that Gage was sending troops to seize stockpiled patriot arms at Concord. A few days after "the shot heard round the world" Warren finally left British-held Boston. When the American army under Israel Putnam seized and fortified Breed's Hill, Warren declined a command role, as his commission had not been finalized. After heavy fighting, the American fortifications were over-run by the redcoats and Warren was killed by a British musketball while attempting to rally the militia. RARE.


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