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. September 1, 1778. Docketed on verso. Also signed by John Deshon "J. Deshon." Addressed to John Langdon. Letter updates Mr. Langdon regarding certain Naval affairs: "Glad to find we are likely soon to get a supply of masts for the French Squadron as we wrote yesterday we shall supply you with Vessells [sic] as soon as possible ...we are now alarmed by the appearance of a large Fleet off the mouth of the harbour which we entertain no doubt is British we may therefore be attacked tomorrow or at least blocked up we send you by Mr Yeaton agreeable to your desire three thousand 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 (including a few paper splits), darkening to edges, and some dark ink smears. Ink transference throughout.
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