6 September 1762
Amherst, Jeffery Amherst, Baron (1717-1797)
Autograph letter signed
Title: to Sir William Johnson
Written by Amherst as Governor-General of British North America, a title he earned after his forces captured Fort Ticonderoga and Montreal during the French and Indian War, to Johnson, a subordinate of Amherst's. Passing along information on British victory at Havana from Lord Albemarle, Commander of the British army. The attack was part of Britain's offensive against Spain when she entered the war in support of France late in 1761. The British government's response was immediately to plan large offensive amphibious operations against Spanish overseas possessions, particularly Havana, the capital of Spain's western dominions. States that Fort Morro, which dominated the harbor, was taken on 30 July 1762 and that Havana itself fell on 13 August 1762, after a combined land and naval attack. Says "The Fatigues the Troops have Undergone, during a long Siege, are not to be Described."