June 13, 1775 from Joseph Warren to the Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island
To the Honble
The Lieutenant Governor
& Company of the Colony of
President of the Provincial Congress of the Massachusetts Bay June 13, 1775.
In Provincial Congress, Watertown, June 13th 1775
To the Honble, the Lieut. Governor & Company of the Colony of Rhode Island
Considering the exposed state of the Frontiers of some of the Colonies, the Danger that the inhabitants of Canada may possibly have disagreeable apprehensions from the military Preparations making in several of the other Colonies, and the Rumours that there are some appearances of their getting themselves in readiness to act in a hostile way. This Congress have made Application to the Honble Continental Congress desiring them to take such measures as to them shall appear proper to quiet & conciliate the minds it the Canadians, and to prevent such alarming apprehensions. We also have had the most disagreeable accounts of methods taken to fill the minds of the Indian tribes adjacent to these colonies, with sentiments very injurious to us, particularly we have been informed that Coll. Guy Johnson has taken great Pains with the Six Nations in order to bring them into a Belief that it is designed by the Colonies to fall upon them and cut them off. We have therefore desired the Honble Continental Congress that they would with all convenient speed use their influence in guarding against the evil intended by this malevolent misrepresentation. And we desire you to join with us in such application.
Joseph Warren president
Att Sam Freeman Jun.