Date: April 23, 1775 Boston Committee to Dr. Joseph Warren. Sir: The following proceedings contain the Agreement made between his Excellency General Gage and the Town of Boston.  You are informed it is the earnest desire of the inhabitants, that such persons as incline to remove into the Town with their effects, may be permitted […]

What:  Hearing on whether the Warren home should become a designated historic site. If you are in the area and feel strongly on the matter, do attend the public hearing. Why:  The future of the Warren house is uncertain. The situation causing concern is summarized here. The Warren house has never been officially certified in […]

Can Someone Return My Head?

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Monuments and physical locations exclusively associated with the Stamp Tax are extremely rare. The only one to my knowledge is the obelisk erected in Dedham, Massachusetts, in the summer of 1766. J.L. Bell informs me that Dr. Nathaniel Ames (probably III) was the driving force behind this monument and, perhaps, Dedhamites were not entirely thrilled […]

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Unequally Yoked in Point of Politics

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“The grenadier and light infantry companies were taken off duty, upon the plea of learning a new exercise, which made the Bostonians jealous, that there was some scheme on foot. A daughter of liberty, unequally yoked in point of politics, sent word, by a trusty hand, to Mr. Samuel Adams, residing in company with Mr. […]

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Way to Safety Thro’ Fields of Blood – Original Manuscript of 1775 Massacre Oration

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1 It is not without the most humiliating conviction of my want of ability that I now appear before you. But The sense I have of the obligation I am under to obey the calls of my country at all times, together with an animating recollection of your indulgence exhibited upon so many occasions, has […]

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Cato More Perfect Than Before

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Date: 1758 Author: Nathaniel Ames July 3, 1758 “Cato a Play acted at [Joseph] Warren’s Chamber” July 6, 1758 “Cato to Perfection” July 14, 1758 “Cato more perfect than before.” Sources: Nathaniel Ames’ Diary (extracts), manuscript, Dedham Historical Society: Dedham, Massachusetts. Ames, Nathaniel. “Year of a College Student’s Life.” In American History Told by Contemporaries, […]

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Europe in a Ferment, America on the Point of Bursting into Flames

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Date: Boston October 5, 1768 “Committee of the Boston Sons of Liberty to John Wilkes Sir Your very obliging favor we receiv’d by Capt. Bruce the 18th ultimo. The members were immediately assembled and inexpressible was the satisfaction of our regale on the genuine sentiments of a worthy Briton. Your health your friends and cause […]

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Money on Demand with Lawfull Interest for the Same

“Boston July 31st. 1766, I Promise to pay Mr. Thomas Walley, or order Eight pounds, Five Shillings & Nine pence Lawf[ul] Money on demand, with Lawfull Interest for the Same till paid, being for Value reciev’d of him — Witness my hand Joseph Warren.” Source: Manuscript promissory note sold during 2000 by Alexander Historical Auctions […]

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Carrying off a Vessel from Hancock’s Wharf

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Date: June 14, 1768 “Upon a Motion made and seconded, Voted, that Dr. Joseph Warren Dr. Benjamin Church Mr. Samuel Adams be a Committee to prepare the form of a Vote, to be laid before the Town at the Adjournment; expressing their great dislike at the manners of procedure in the Custom house Officers in […]

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Millions Born to Make Laws for Themselves and Invincibly Tenacious of Their Rights

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Date: Boston, June 6, 1768 Illustrious Patriot The friends of Liberty, Wilkes, Peace and good order to the number of Forty five, assembled at the Whig Tavern Boston New England, take this first opportunity to congratulate your Country, the British Colonies and yourself, on your happy return to the land worthy such an Inhabitant: worthy! […]

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