“Joseph Warren to the Preston Committee Boston, Aug. 24, 1774. Gentlemen, -We received by Capt Belcher your letter of the 20th, and the sum of money you were kind enough to send for the support of our poor.  It gives us pleasure amidst our sufferings to find our Brethren determined to assist and support us [...]

Author: John Adams Date: 1800s referring to events of 1768 or 1769 “I was solicited to go to the Town Meetings and harrangue there. This I constantly refused. My Friend Dr. Warren the most frequently urged me to this: My Answer to him always was “That way madness lies.” The Symptoms of our great Friend [...]

Boston Must Be Entered Despite My Interests in That Town

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“Worcester, April 24, 1775. Monday Evening. Gentlemen: Mr. S. Adams and myself, just arrived here, find no intelligence from you, and no guard. We just hear an express has just passed through this place to you, from New York, informing that administration is bent upon pushing matters; and that four regiments are expected there. How [...]

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We Have Use of Those Fine Cannon

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“MASSACHUSETTS COMMITTEE OF SAFETY TO NEW-YORK, COMMITTEE. Cambridge, April 30, 1775. It has been proposed to us to take possession of the Fortress at Ticonderoga. We have a just sense of the importance of that fortification, and the usefulness of those fine cannon, mortars, and field-pieces which are there; but we would not, even upon [...]

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The Trial Lasted Four Days

“Last week an interesting case came on before the Superior Court now sitting here, wherein D. Joseph Warren, administrator on the estate of Nathaniel Wheelwright, Esq; late of Boston, deceased, was plaintiff, for the recovery of part of the estate which the said Nathaniel had made over to Charles W. Apthorp, Esq:-The trial lasted four [...]

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Scurrilous Abuse upon the Characters of Ten Principal Patriots

Date: March 18, 1775 “…A certain Reverend Doctor of the Establish’d Church in this town lately said that he would rather wade up to his knees in blood, than that the Ministry should give way. An officer, with men from the 4th Regiment in Barracks at West Boston, erected a couple of tents just at [...]

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Sandwiched Between Omens of Discord and Rum, the Infamous Mrs. Loring Announces Marriage Vows

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“…At a Meeting of Freeholders and other Inhabitants of this Town on Wednesday the 4th ult. A very respectable Committee was appointed to consider what Measures were proper to be taken to vindicate the Character of the Town from the false and injurious Representations contained in several Letters, Memorials, &c. wrote by Governor Bernard, General [...]

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Mr. Gage is Unequal to the Task that is Set Him and is at a Loss for Measures

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“Boston  Aug. 27, 1774. Gentlemen,- Your letter, with the 291 sheep, were received safely, and met with a very hearty welcome.— We have good reason to think that our oppressors see their mistake, and that they will ere long be convinced that Americans are not to be fritted or wheedled out of their rights.- The [...]

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When Liberty is the Prize, Who Would Shun the Warfare ?

 “Boston, Aug. 24, 1774. Gentlemen, – Your elegant and benevolent favor of the lst instant yielded us that support and consolation amid our distresses, which the generous sympathy of assured friends can never fail to inspire. ‘Tis the part of this people to frown on danger, face to face ; to stand the focus of [...]

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That Liberty with which Christ hath Made us Free: from a List of Infrigements and Violation of Rights – Boston’s Committee of Correspondence

Date: November 20, 1772 “… the following will not fail to excite the Attention of all who consider themselves interested in the Happiness and Freedom of Mankind in general, and of this Continent and Province in Particular. 1st. The British Parliament have assumed the Powers of Legislation for the Colonists in all Cases whatsoever, without [...]

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