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Title Letter [manuscript]: New York, [N.Y.], to Peter Collinson, London, [Eng.], 1756 Apr. 23
Author Colden, Cadwallader (1688-1776)
Document Type Correspondence
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: April 23, 1756, letter from Cadwallader Colden to his regular correspondent, Peter Collinson, a prominent London merchant and natural scientist, regarding Indian attacks and colonial defense during the initial stages of the French and Indian War, the death of a close friend, James Alexander, and revisions to his Principles of action in matter (published 1751). Colden discusses his Indian-provoked exile from his Orange County, N.Y., home; compares the defensive policies of Pennsylvania and New York and questions the unspecified conduct of Benjamin Franklin in regard to the former; explores the reasons for the lack of martial spirit in the colonies; and emphasizes the necessity of Great Britain’s active intervention.
Names Franklin, Benjamin (1706-1790); Collinson, Peter (1694-1768)
Places Orange County, New York, Pennsylvania, United States; London, United Kingdom
Keywords French and Indian Wars, British Colonialism, British North America, army, war, Indian policy
Theme American Indians and the European Powers
Culture Area Northeast
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT Ayer MS 178
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue