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Title By His Excellency William Shirley Esqr. captain general and governour in cheif [sic] in and over His Majesty’s province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England [manuscript]: a declaration of war against the Cape Sables & St. John’s Indians, 1744 Oct. 19
Author Shirley, William (1694-1771)
Document Type Correspondence; Official Record
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Declaration of war against the Cape Sable (Micmac) and St. John’s (Malecite) Indians of Nova Scotia and what is now New Brunswick, issued by Gov. William Shirley of Massachusetts Bay with "the advice of Council" in Boston, Oct. 19, 1744. As justification for the declaration, Shirley cites the Cape Sable Indians’ capture of a Massachusetts-based fishing vessel and murder of its crew, and the St John’s and Cape Sable Indians’ assault (with the French) on the fort at Annapolis Royal. Shirley also warns the friendly Indians to the west of St. John not to harbour the hostile tribes or move into their territory, and requires them to join in the war effort.
Places Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Canada; Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Keywords government, war, ship, murder, fort, alliance, King George's War
Theme Military Encounters: Conflicts, Rebellions and Alliances
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Northeast
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 578
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue