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Brooke, Chidley, et al (fl. 1696) Memorial of Chidley Brooke and William Nicolls to the Lord Justices of England

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03107.02042 Author/Creator: Brooke, Chidley, et al (fl. 1696) Place Written: [England] Type: Manuscript document Date: 1696/05/19 Pagination: 3p. + docket 30.6 x 19.5 cm

Summary of Content: Brooke and Nicolls speak on behalf of the province of New York to aquaint the Justices of England of some issues that need immediate attention. They explain that the loyalty of the 5 Nations is wavering, and it is feared that they will defect to the Canadian side and begin attacking English settlements in New York and New England. Brooke and Nicolls also state that the war cost a great deal, and that New York is in desperate need of assistance to pay its debts.


Historical Era: Colonization and Settlement, 1585-1763

Subjects: Government and CivicsGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyAmerican Indian HistoryCanadaFranceDebtFinanceWartime Pillaging and DestructionMilitary History

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