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Collection Reference Number GLC05562
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1754-1764 
Title William Pitt to Stephen Hopkins
Date 9 December 1758
Author Pitt, William, Earl of Chatham (1708-1778)  
Recipient Hopkins, Stephen  
Document Type Correspondence; Government document
Content Description Addressed to Governor Hopkins "& Compy of Rhode Island." Relays requests and information on a planned invasion of Canada during the French and Indian War. Describes the rationale for the invasion to carry "War into the heart of the enemy's possessions" and orders that troops be raised. Specifies that the troops should rendezvous at Albany, New York, and be prepared to begin the invasion by 1 May 1759. Outlines the general plans for the invasion. Grants authority to issue commissions and indicates that the King will provide arms and supplies, but the Provinces must supply "Levying, Cloathing, & Pay." Notes that similar orders were being issued to the other colonies. Written from Whitehall and marked "Duplicate."
Subjects Government and Civics  Military History  Canada  France  Global History and Civics  Foreign Affairs  French and Indian War  Recruitment  Military Supplies  Weaponry  Clothing and Accessories  Soldier's Pay  Economics  Taxes or Taxation  
People Pitt, William, Earl of Chatham (1708-1778)  Hopkins, Stephen (1707-1785)  
Place written London, England
Theme French & Indian Wars; Banking & Economics; Government & Politics; Foreign Affairs
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information The planned campaign was largely successful, including the British siege of Fort Ticonderoga in June 1759 and their victory in the Battle of Quebec in September 1859.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859