Receipt for John Adams

in by Warren

Date: March 14, 1772


Boston     March 14th 1772

Received the Contents in full

[signed] Dr Joseph Warren”

Source: The Adams Papers, Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, Microform Reel 344

Commentary: By 1772, the relationship between John Adams and Joseph Warren encompassed medical care, legal services, Patriotic political activism, friendship, and perhaps business dealings. This receipt is connected with payments and cash advances recorded in documents involving John Adams on the same March date.

It is unclear whether Warren’s Boston Massacre Oration, delivered only nine days prior, had any connection with this monetary exchange involving Adams. The earliest surviving ephemera documenting dealings between Joseph Warren and John Adams is this April 1768 legal document. Warren’s clinical services and personal introduction to Adams was at the latter’s inoculation for smallpox in 1764. John and Abigail Adams show up in Warren’s account books starting February 15, 1768 (Joseph Warren Account Books 1763-1788, Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society. Ms. N-2074 XT, Vol. I, page 75).

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