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Collection Reference Number GLC09054.14
From Archive Folder Papers of British Secretary of War, Henry Fox, relating to Braddock's defeat near Fort Duquesne and the recall of William Shirley due to the "Intercepted Letters Scandal" 
Title George Montagu-Dunk, 2nd Earl of Halifax, to Henry Fox discussing the issue of a spy under William Shirley's command and intercepted letters
Date 27 March 1756
Author Montagu-Dunk, George (1716-1771)  
Recipient Fox, Henry  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Written in reply to Fox's letter concerning the spy and intercepted letters. Agrees that the affair has now become a major issue, "well deserving the immediate attention of his Majesty's Servants..." Suspicious of Pennsylvania troops, as their destination is unknown by anyone. "I think appearances are Such as will not only justify, but do require his Majesty's Servants to take Every Measure of Precaution, however unpalable to Suspected Persons, that may best tend to the Security of his Majesty's Service." Notes an enclosed letter in the postscript, sent by Lord Barrington. Does not know for whom the letter is intended. Gilt edges. Scored left hand margin. Watermarked with a fleur-de-lis, V, backward C, I and VI.
Subjects Global History and Civics  Military History  Spying  Corruption and Scandal  French and Indian War  France  
People Halifax, George Montagu-Dunk, Earl of (1716-1771)  Fox, Henry, Baron Holland (1705-1774)  Barrington, William Wildman, Viscount (1717-1793)  
Place written London, England
Theme Foreign Affairs; French & Indian Wars
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information Barrington was the British Secretary at War and later Treasurer of the Navy.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859