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Title Letter [manuscript]: Boston, to the severall Governours [of Conn., Pa., and R.I.], 1709 Apr. 30
Author Vetch, Samuel (1668-1732)
Document Type Correspondence
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Copy of correspondence written by Samuel Vetch and Francis Nicholson to the governors of Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island on Apr. 30, 1709. In these letters, all similarly worded, Vetch provides an outline of a proposed Canada expedition against the French forces. He states that it is her majesty's "intended Expedition, to Drive the French wholly out of the Continent of America, according to a Scheme laid before her by me some time agoe". Vetch requests that the governors raise troops for the expedition and that they convene in Albany along with a force of Indians during the month of May.
Names Nicholson, Francis (1655-1728); Saltonstall, Gurdon (1666-1724); Gookin, Charles (c.1660–c.1723); Cranston, Samuel (1659–1727)
Places Boston, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Albany, United States; Nova Scotia, Canada
Keywords governor, government, expedition, France, colonial forces, armed forces, alliance, Queen Anne's War
Theme Military Encounters: Conflicts, Rebellions and Alliances
Culture Area Northeast, Subarctic
Additional Information

Samuel Vetch and Francis Nicholson were actively engaged in the military conquest of Nova Scotia during Queen Anne’s War, 1702-1713. During the spring of 1709 a joint attack against Port Royal, Nova Scotia was proposed, but the expedition was aborted due to the lack of sufficient supplies and troops.

For the response of Pennsylvania Governor Gookin see Letter [manuscript] : Philadelphia, to Coll. [Francis] Nicholson and Coll. [Samuel] Vetch, 1709 June 17, Newberry Library reference Ayer MS 701.

Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT oversize Ayer MS 948
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue