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Collection Reference Number GLC09054.03
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 Henry Fox, 1st Baron Holland, to William Shirley regarding military matters
Date 13 March 1756
Author Fox, Henry, Baron Holland (1705-1774)  
Recipient Shirley, William  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Writes that previous letters have been "regularly received and laid before the King" and that the King is sorry to hear that Shirley's military expedition against Fort Niagara failed. Continues to say that a Colonel Webb will replace Shirley as "General and Commander in Chief of all His Forces in North America til the arrival of the Earl of Loudoun, or Major General Abercrombie." Despite the new appointment, this "is not owing to any Dissatisfaction with [Shirley's] services, But on the contrary, It is the King's Intention, as a Mark of His Royal Favor, to appoint [Shirley] to be Governor of Jamaica..." Main portion of writing on only the right half of the page, with comments on the large left margin. Two leaves sewn together with red thread. Gilt edges and watermarked with a fleur-de-lis, V, backward C, I and VI.
Subjects Global History and Civics  Military History  American Indian History  Corruption and Scandal  French and Indian War  France  Spying  
People Fox, Henry, Baron Holland (1705-1774)  Shirley, William (1694-1771)  Campbell, John (1705-1782)  Abercrombie, James (1706-1781)  
Place written London, England
Theme Foreign Affairs; French & Indian Wars; Native Americans
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information Shirley was the British governor of Massachusetts from 1741 to 1759. Fox was the British Lord of the Treasury in 1743, Secretary at War and member of the Privy Council in 1746, and in 1755 became leader of the House of Commons, Secretary of State for the Southern Department and a member of the cabinet under the Duke of Newcastle. Campbell, Earl of Loudon was a Scottish nobleman and military leader. Abercrombie became commander-in-chief of the British forces in North America after the departure of Campbell in March of 1758.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859