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Title Letter [manuscript]: London, Eng., to Sir William Johnson, Johnson Hall, N.Y., 1770 Apr. 27
Author Roberts, Benjamin
Document Type Correspondence
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: April 27, 1770 letter from Benjamin Roberts in London to Sir William Johnson, superintendent of Indian affairs, regarding the reaction in the House of Commons to the Boston Massacre and his meeting with Lord Hillsborough (secretary of state for the colonies). Roberts reports that although he explained to Hillsborough that no Indian Dept. officials at the upper posts (commissary positions had been eliminated in 1769) meant increased food and clothing expenses for Johnson, Hillsborough refused to consider a request for additional funds that was not submitted through proper channels. Roberts also comments on his own attempts to secure a new position.
Names Johnson, Sir, William (1715-1774); Downshire, Wills Hill, Marquis of (1718-1793)
Places London, England; New York, United States
Keywords Superintendent of Indian Affairs, massacre, Indian Department, financial transactions, expenses, British Colonialism, British North America, government relations, France, war
Theme American Indians and the European Powers; Military Encounters: Conflicts, Rebellions and Alliances
Culture Area Northeast
Additional Information Roberts was an officer in the 46th Regiment of Foot, 1758-1766; Indian Dept. commissary at Niagara, 1766-1769. Roberts was appointed commissary on the recommendation of Sir William Johnson who noted his interest in the Indians and knowledge of the Six Nations languages and French.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 769
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue