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DAWES, William, patriot, of Lexington. He was dispatched to Lexington, with Paul Revere, on 18 April 1775, and rode through Roxbury, Revere going by way of Charlestown. In the morning of 19 April the message from Warren reached Adams and Hancock. Revere and Dawes, joined by Samuel Prescott, from Concord, rode forward, calling the inhabitants. At Lincoln a party of British officers surprised them, and both Dawes and Revere were seized and taken to Lexington. Prescott made his escape to Concord.
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