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Shirley, William (1694-1771) to Samuel Waldo

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.10635 Author/Creator: Shirley, William (1694-1771) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Manuscript document signed Date: 31 October 1740 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 47.6 x 34.1 cm.

Also signed by Jacob Willard [Secrty]. Appears to be an official document regarding raising troops in the colonies of Massachusetts Bay, New Hampshire, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. The troops are to be employed in an expedition for the "Reduction of Canada" commanded by [Arthur] St. Clair. Further details and instructions about the expedition are provided.

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