MastroNet Summer 2004
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Joseph Warren (1741-1775) is a figure whose signature is missing from most Revolutionary War collections. One of the first heroes of the Revolution to fall, he was shot and killed at the Battle of Bunker Hill. Previously, Warren was closely associated with the Sons of Liberty and served the Boston public as a physician, journalist, orator and committee official. He also was the very man who dispatched Paul Revere for his famous ride! Warren signed the offered document on May 19, 1775, just one month prior to his death. He was then President of the Provincial Congress, and the document appears to concern a loyalty oath relating to a military commission: "...William Shepard Esq personally appeared and took and repeated (an oath) provided by provincial Congress to be taken and repeated by all Officers in the Army...Jos. Warren." (Shepard saw significant action throughout the Revolutionary War and later during Shays Rebellion.) Warren's signature is fully present and legible, though rather light ("5"). The document, which measures approximately 7" x 10-1/2", exhibits heavy wear and toning (some of which affects the text). It is archivally mounted for preservation and presentation purposes. Warren-signed documents are extremely rare and very desirable in any form, and this war-dated example just prior to his death is a particularly significant specimen. LOAs from James Spence & Steve Grad and John Reznikoff/PSA DNA.
War-Dated 1775 Document Signed by Joseph Warren - Martyr of Bunker Hill
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