“Cambridge, April 22, 1775.
May it please your honor, – On Wednesday the 19th instant, early in the morning, a brigade of General Gage’s army marched into the country to Lexington, about twelve miles from Boston, where they met with a small party of minute men exercising, who had no intention of injuring the King’s troops, but they fired upon our men, without any provocation, killed eight of them the first onset, then marched forward to Concord, where they destroyed the magazine and stores for a considerable time; our people, however, mustered as soon as possible, and repulsed the troops, pursuing them quite down to Charlestown, until they reached a place called Bunker’s Hill, – although they received a very large reinforcement from General Gage. As the troops have now commenced hostilities, we think it our duty to exert our utmost strength to save our country from absolute slavery. We pray your Honor will afford us all the assistance in your power. We should be glad that our brethren who come to our aid may be supplied with military stores and provisions, as we have none of either more than are absolutely necessary for ourselves. We pray God to direct you to such measures as shall tend to the salvation of our common liberties.
By order of the Committee of Safety,
Jos. Warren, Chairman.
Honorable J. Trumbull, Esq.”
Source: Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society, Fifth Series, Volume X, pp. 284-285.
Commentary: Joseph Warren, in his interlocking roles as president pro tem of the Second Massachusetts Provincial Congress and member of its Committees of Safety, Correspondence, and Donations, wasted no time in organizing the activated militias and minutemen into the Siege of Boston. Fighting had broken out on April 19, 1775 in Lexington and Concord.