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Title Letters [manuscript]: 1755-1756
Author Shirley, William (1694-1771); Lawrence, Charles (1709-1760)
Document Type Correspondence
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Three letters, Sept. 28, 1755 (Oswego), Nov. 13, 1755 (Albany), and May 31, 1756 (Albany), to Sir William Johnson, British superintendent of the northern Indian department and military commander of the Crown Point expedition. The letters concern troops, artillery, and supplies for Crown Point, the strength and location of French forces, and the safety and reinforcement of Fort Hunter. Shirley encloses an extract from a July 16, 1755, letter from Nova Scotia lieutenant governor Charles Lawrence to Edward Braddock, to assure Johnson that no more than 700 of the newly arrived French troops could be in the Crown Point region. He also discusses the reliability of Robert Rogers’ estimates of French troop strength and the proper accounting of payments to the Indians for returning deserters.
Names Johnson, Sir William (1715-1774); Braddock, Edward (c.1695-1755); Rogers, Robert (1731-1795)
Places Fort Hunter, Oswego, Albany, Crown Point, New York, United States; Nova Scotia, Canada
Keywords government, army, fort, expedition, supplies, war, New France, Indian Department
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 582