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Collection Reference Number GLC09054.10
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 to George Montagu-Dunk, 2nd Earl of Halifax, discussing the issue of a spy under William Shirley's command and intercepted letters
Date 27 March 1756
Author Fox, Henry, Baron Holland (1705-1774)  
Recipient Montagu-Dunk, George  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Discusses the issue of a spy under William Shirley's command and intercepted letters. Urges that Shirley be sent back to England as soon as possible and maintained as the Governor of Jamaica, a position to which Shirley had been recently appointed. "I cannot depart from an Opinion nor refrain from giving my Advice that Shirley be immediately sent for to England. He must not stay in North America in any Capacity...I shall be glad if your Lordship will join in my Advice to recall Shirley instantly." Date from docket. Noted as a copy in the upper left hand corner. Writing appears to have been pounced towards the end. Scored left hand margin. Gilt edges. Watermarked with a large nine cm. seal on the second leaf and a smaller seal on the first leaf bearing the letters GR with a crown.
Subjects Global History and Civics  Military History  Spying  Corruption and Scandal  French and Indian War  France  Caribbean  
People Fox, Henry, Baron Holland (1705-1774)  Montagu-Dunk, George (1716-1771)  Shirley, William (1694-1771)  
Theme Foreign Affairs; French & Indian Wars
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information Pouncing refers to applying pounce to a writing surface. Pounce is a fine powder formerly used to smooth and finish writing paper and/or soak up ink.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859