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- Papers, 1763-1852, of Joseph Reed (1741-1785) consisting of correspondence for the early years of Reed's practice as a lawyer and for family affairs. Of particular interest are a number of letters which assess the growth of sentiment against the British Parliament in the colony of Pennsylvania. The second portion of letters derives from his career a American revolutionary and correspondents include many important figures of the period. The correspondence after his death concerns the settlement of his estate, and communication between Revolutionary veterans and William B. Reed concerning the part Reed played in the American Revolution
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- Joseph Reed, the son of a wealthy New Jersey merchant, practised law in Trenton, New Jersey, and later settled in Philadelphia, where he became a member of the Commitee of Correspondence in 1774. He was president of the 2nd Provincial Congress in 1775, was elected as a member of the Continental Congress and became military secretary to General George Washington. He became adjutant general of the Continental Army with the rank of Colonel and was also a member of the Comittee of Safety. He held the office of the Supreme Executive Council of Pennsylvania until 1781.
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