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, 7.875 x 12.5 in., Boston, MA. August 6, 1778. Docketed on verso. Addressed to John Langdon. Letter answers Langdon's request for financial assistance: "The State of our Treasury is very low however we have from a Conviction of the absolute necessity you are under for money strained a vein and Ventured to supply you with a very great proportion of what we have in the office amounting to fifteen hundred dollars..."
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 fold creases (with some spots of separation), some browning throughout and at certain edges/creases, ink transference, and brittleness to edges.
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