Warren, James (1726-1808). Paymaster General of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War and President of Massachusetts Provincial Congress. LS as a member of the Continental Navy Board, "J. Warren," 1p, 8.125 x 13 in., Boston, MA. July 16, 1778. Docketed on verso. Addressed to John Langdon. Letter discusses a variety of subjects, including a meeting between the two men set for the following week, another associate's apprehension over smallpox, and the price to obtain "a sufficiency" of cordage.
John Langdon (1741-1819) was born in Portsmouth, NH to a prosperous farmer. He eventually became a merchant with great success. A supporter of the Revolution, Langdon participated in actions against the British (seizure of munitions in Portsmouth) and became a shipbuilder, especially constructing privateers for naval operations against the British. He was a member of the New Hampshire Assembly and of the Continental Congress (1775-1776). He was a signer of the Constitution and became the first President pro tempore of the U.S. Senate. He served four terms as Governor of the State (1785-86, 1788-89, 1805-09, and 1810-12), and was nominated for the position of Vice President on the ticket with James Madison (1812), but declined. Langdon is considered one of the Founding Fathers of the United States.
Letter with horizontal fold creases (with a few paper splits), some browning to edges and spotting throughout. Light ink transference throughout. Brittleness to edges and corners.
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