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|Collection Reference Number
|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"
|George Montagu-Dunk, 2nd Earl of Halifax, to Sir Charles Hardy discussing treason
|19 March 1756
|Montagu-Dunk, George (1716-1771)
|Discusses possible treason by way of an "intercepted Letter, directed to the Duke of Mirepoix, the Contents of which, upon a full Consideration of them, appear to me of a very extraordinary Nature, & of the utmost Importance." Mentions a Peter Ioncourt(?) as the probable author of the letter as well as a Lydius, under the employment of Shirley. "It is wonderful(?) however, to me, that W. Shirley should have engaged in such a Plan without acquainting the Government at Home with it, or with the Methods, by which He proposes carrying it into execution." Especially suspicious of Shirley's promise to protect the wives and children of the Indians in a strong place, "when there is none, I know of, in those Parts, but Fort DuQuesne..." which is the place that they are supposed to attack. Mentions that three people have already been charged with treason. In postscript writes that somebody under Shirley "was lately taken up as a spy." Noted as a copy on the upper left hand corner. Signed "Dunk Halifax." Two leaves sewn together with reddish-orange thread. Scored left-hand margin. Gilt edges and watermarked with a fleur-de-lis, V, backward C, I and VI.
|Global History and Civics Military History Spying French and Indian War France Corruption and Scandal Treason American Indian History
|Montagu-Dunk, George (1716-1771) Hardy, Charles, Sir (ca. 1714-1780) Shirley, William (1694-1771)
|Foreign Affairs; French & Indian Wars; Native Americans
|The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
|Montagu-Dunk was the 2nd Earl of Halifax and the British President of the Board of Trade. He helped to found Halifax, the capital of Nova Scotia, and foster trade, especially with North America. He later became First Lord of the Admiralty and became Secretary of State of the Northern and Southern Department. Hardy was Commodore Governor and Commander-in-Chief of the British colony of Newfoundland and the colonial governor of New York.
|The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
|Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859