Lot 274: Boston physician, orator and patriot (1741–1775) who was a pivotal figure in the early revolutionary agitation in Massachusetts and killed at the Battle of Bunker Hill. Revolutionary War–dated partly-printed DS, signed "Jos. Warren," one page, 11.75 x 7.25, May 19, 1775. As president pro tempore of the Congress of the Colony of the Massachusetts Bay, Warren appoints Zebediah Sabins as "Lieutenant of the Foot Company in the Regiment of Foot Whereof John Paterson Esqr. is Colonel raised by the Congress aforesaid, for the Defence of said Colony." Signed at the conclusion by Warren and countersigned by Samuel Freeman as secretary pro tempore. In very good condition, with tape to separated folds, irregular blocks of toning, and overall reinforcement.
On May 27, 1775, the Massachusetts Provincial Congress ordered Sabins's commission and those of 23 other officers to be delivered to the regiment. Colonel John Paterson's regiment, officially the 1st Massachusetts Regiment, defended the first redoubt on the American line at Charlestown from a British attack in the rear of the American position on the day of the Battle of Bunker Hill, June 17, 1775. Sabins then participated in Benedict Arnold's expedition against Quebec and passed away during their return home in 1776. Warren is a scarce and tremendously desirable Revolutionary War autograph, and this document's connection to two major early events of the war—Bunker Hill and Arnold's expedition against Quebec—further enhances its desirability.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs And Artifacts Auction 471
Wednesday, 9th March 2016
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