Dr-John

In provincial Congress, WaterTown April 26th 1775.  
To the Inhabitants of Great Britain.
Friends & Fellow Subjects,

Hostilities are at length commenced in this Colony by the Troops under Command of General Gage, & It being of the greatest Importance, that an early, true, & authentic account of this inhuman proceeding Should be known to you…

Nevertheless to the perfection of Tyranny of this cruel ministry we will not tamely submit. Appealing to Heaven for the justice of our cause, we determine to die or be free…

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Address from Joseph Warren to the Inhabitants of Great Britain Regarding the Hostilities of April 19, 1775, 4/26/1775.

Dr. Joseph Warren succeeded John Hancock as president of the Massachusetts Provincial Congress when Hancock went to Philadelphia to preside over the Continental Congress. The fall and winter of 1774 and spring of 1775 were a time of increasing outrages and hostilities. After the violent incidents in Lexington, Concord, and Menotomy (Arlington), Dr. Warren would order that eyewitness accounts be gathered and sent to Britain to garner popular support. In this written address, Dr. Warren reports that “Hostilities are at length commenced…We determine to die or be free…

Dr. Warren, an activist, intellectual, and patriot, would die at the Battle of Bunker Hill just two months later in June 1775.  Abigail Adams would mourn the death of this great man and family friend in a letter to her husband; a British report from Boston would proclaim that his death was better than that of 500 soldiers.  (via the U.S. National Archives at Boston)

This and other accounts of the battles at Lexington and Concord are available and transcribed in the National Archives Catalog.

More eyewitness accounts from the 240th Anniversary of the Battle of Lexington and Concord.

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ICYMI: The new solo record Dan’s been hinting at has been confirmed by his engineer Collin Dupius. The photos Swifty posted earlier this month have a little more context now – at least we’re speculating this session was part of Dan’s solo project. [No details yet but we’re digging the Mexican vibe that seems to be an undercurrent: David Hidalgo, Mariachi Flor De Toloache, Dan jamming with a street musician in Mexico City…]  

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Etta James on vocals, Dr. John on guitar & vocals, and Allen Toussaint on piano performing “Groove Me” live in Chicago in 1982.