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Collection Reference Number GLC09054.19
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 William Shirley ordering him to return to England as soon as possible
Date 31 March 1756
Author Fox, Henry, Baron Holland (1705-1774)  
Recipient Shirley, William  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Letter politely ordering Shirley to return to England as soon as possible. "It having been represented to the King, that your Presence in England may be very useful & necessary to His Majty's. Service at this Time, as you are able to give many Lights & Informations, relative to the State of Affairs in North America; I am to signify to you His Majesty's Pleasure, that, as soon as you shall receive this Letter from Col. do repair to England with all possible Expedition, having first delivered to Col. Webb all such Papers, as relate to the King's Service." Informs in the postscript that a frigate will be ready to take Shirley back immediately. Noted as a copy in the upper left hand corner. Gilt edges and 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 Fox, Henry, Baron Holland (1705-1774)  Shirley, William (1694-1771)  Webb, Daniel (d. 1773)  
Place written London, England
Theme Foreign Affairs; French & Indian Wars
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859