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    James Warren Intriguing 1783 Political Autograph Letter Signed Signed, "J. Warren," two pages, 7 1/2" x11 1/4". Milton, (Mass.), March 6, 1783. Written to an unnamed recipient. The text reads, "I received yours of this day & am Glad to see that at your Meeting the opinion was unanimous with regard to the necessity & practicability of removing the present G. The first I have no doubt of. The other I hope will prove to be well founded. I can vote or canvass either for Mr. B or G. S. but as things are circumstanced the comparative merits & Qualifications of those Gentlemen or any others must be resolved & decided by the probability of carrying the greatest number of Votes." Concerned about the election in the Assembly and the candidate of "G" not being in "favor," Warren writes, "perhaps the more numerous the Candidates the better as probably in that way an Election by the People at large would be the more certainly presented in favour of the present G." He goes on to relate the news that he has seen "the Captain & learn from him that the present obstacles to a Peace are the Fishery & the Claims of Britain upon our Eastern Country...there are enough to alarm all New England & may possibly alarm our Great & General Court." In the first part of this letter, written in a clandestine, code-like manner, Warren uses initials. "G" stands for John Hancock, who was then "G"overnor of Massachusetts. He was the first Governor of the state (1780) and was consistently reelected every two years before resigning in 1785. The "B" in "Mr. B" most probably is James Bowdoin (1726-1790), who was a respected state and national figure at this time. It is likely that Warren was writing to Bowdoin about upcoming state elections. In the second part of the letter, Warren discusses the preliminary peace treaty signed in Paris in November 1782. The conditions included British recognition of American independence, the specific boundaries of U.S. territory and continued American fishing rights off the eastern coast of Canada. Although the Treaty was formally signed in September of 1783, the unresolved issues concerning fishing rights and boundaries (referenced in this letter) were part of the reason for the War of 1812. Browned at bottom affecting three lines of text as masking tape was used to connect the torn paper and it has caused a chemical reaction of staining. Light folds. Show through from writing. An exceptional and early piece relating to the forming of our early government. Accompanied by COA from PSA/DNA.

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