Boston physician, orator, and patriot (1741-1775) who was a pivotal figure in the early revolutionary agitation in Massachusetts. Revolutionary War-dated partly-printed DS, signed “Jos. Warren,” one page, 8 x 7.5, May 19, 1775. As president pro tempore of the Congress of the Colony of the Massachusetts Bay, Warren appoints Reuben Evans as “Second Lieutenant in the Regiment of Foot commanded by James Frye esq Colonel raised by the Congress aforesaid, for the Defence of Said Colony….you are yourself to observe and follow such Orders and Instructions as you shall, from Time to Time, receive from the General and Commander in Chief of Forces raised in the Colony aforesaid, for the Defence of the same, or any other your Superior Officers, according to Military Rules and Discipline in War, in Pursuance of the Trust reposed in you.” Neatly signed at the conclusion by Warren and countersigned by Samuel Freeman as secretary pro tempore. Mounted, matted, and framed to an overall size of 20.75 x 20.25. In very good to fine condition, with intersecting folds, a light overall block of toning, trimmed edges, and signs of possible restoration.
Exactly one month prior to signing this document, Joseph Warren participated in the Battle of Lexington and Concord along with the two soldiers named here: Evans was an ensign in Frye’s regiment when they responded to the Lexington Alarm. Less than a month later, on June 17, 1775, all three men would fight at Bunker Hill—Warren’s last battle, as he was killed in action during the third and final British assault on the hill. Dating to less than a month before his death, this is an exceptionally desirable war-dated document from the sought-after American hero.
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