Lot 179: Boston physician, orator and patriot (1741–1775) who was a pivotal figure in the early revolutionary agitation in Massachusetts. Exceedingly rare ink signature, "Jos. Warren," on an off-white 4.75 x 2.25 slip clipped from a Masonic document, circa 1769–1775; also signed by Deputy Grand Master William Burbeck, Senior Grand Warden Joseph Webb, and Junior Grand Warden Moses Deshon. Affixed at the top edge to a larger sheet. Silking on the reverse for reinforcement, a repaired separation to the central vertical fold (passing through first and second letters of his last name), a repaired tear to the left side touching the downstroke of the first letter, paper loss to center, and soiling, otherwise very good condition.Their Masonic positions are penned in another hand to the right of the signatures, with Warren denoted as "G. M'r," meaning 'Grand Master.' He was an active Freemason and first appointed as Grand Master of the Scottish Rite for the Boston area in 1769, thus dating this signature to the period immediately preceding the Revolutionary War. These were important years for Warren, with activities ranging from service in the Boston Massacre investigative committee in 1770 to dispatching Paul Revere on his midnight ride in 1775. At the outbreak of the war, Warren participated in the Battles of Lexington and Concord before being killed in action at the Battle of Bunker Hill.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 462
Wednesday, 14th October 2015
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