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February 14, 2011 / Council of State Archivists

Mass. archives retrieves Revolutionary War letter

Article originally appeared on The Wall Street Journal website on February 10, 2011 and was written by The Associated Press.

A 1775 letter announcing the victory at Fort Ticonderoga was spotted in an auction catalog and returned to the Massachusetts state archives six decades after it disappeared.  State archivists spotted the letter from Joseph Warren in a Sotheby’s catalog of Revolutionary War manuscripts, and the state negotiated its return, Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin said. At the time he wrote it, Warren was a doctor and president of the Provincial Congress that sat in Watertown, Mass. [link to full article]

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