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Title Letter [manuscript]: New York, [N.Y.], to Henry Fox, [England], 1756 Jan. 14
Author Shirley, William (1694-1771)
Document Type Correspondence
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: January 14, 1756, letter from William Shirley, then commanding British forces engaged in the war against the French and Indians, to Henry Fox, British secretary of state, proposing that the British take French Canada and keep it. To appease Spain, Shirley suggests additions to that country’s American colonies. He also notes that even if Canada were to be returned to the French, a lasting boundary could be set and the fort at Louisbourg destroyed. There are also observations on the need for more British troops and the positive aspects of the recently concluded Lake Ontario and Nova Scotia campaigns.
Names Fox, Henry [Baron Holland] (1705-1774)
Places Lake Ontario, Louisbourg, Nova Scotia, Canada; New York, United States; London, United Kingdom
Keywords war, government, French and Indian Wars, New France, New Spain, army, fort, colonialism
Theme Military Encounters: Conflicts, Rebellions and Alliances
Culture Area Northeast
Additional Information Shirley was a colonial governor of Massachusetts and military commander. Following the death of Edward Braddock in July, 1755, he was appointed commander-in-chief of British forces in North America. In March, 1756, Shirley was recalled to England and was succeeded in command by Lord Loudoun.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 583
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue