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Title Letter [manuscript]: Philadelphia, [Pa.], to [William] Shirley, 1755 Aug. 19
Author Morris, Robert Hunter (c.1700-1764)
Document Type Correspondence
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Retained copy of an August 19, 1755, letter from Morris to William Shirley, the governor of Massachusetts who had assumed command of British forces in North America following the July death of Edward Braddock. Morris is not optimistic that troops can be raised in time for a 1755 expedition against Fort Dusquesne and complains that the Pennsylvania Assembly will not vote funds for troops or provisions. However, he does promise that Col. Dunbar will raise troops in Philadelphia to support a western thrust and notes that if Shirley takes Niagara, Dusquesne "will be of little or no consequence".
Names Shirley, William (1694-1771); Braddock, Edward
Places Massachusetts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Niagara, New York, United States
Keywords expedition, army, soldiers, militia, fort, war, French and Indian Wars, money, legislature, governor
Theme Military Encounters: Conflicts, Rebellions and Alliances
Culture Area Northeast
Additional Information Morris was chief justice of New Jersey and lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania. Appointed to the Pennsylvania post by John Penn, Morris’s term was marked by his clash with the Pennsylvania Assembly over its refusal to vote funds for the protection of the frontier against the French and Indians. He resigned in 1756.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 702
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue