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Watson, Brook (1735-1807) to Joshua Mauger

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03902.020 Author/Creator: Watson, Brook (1735-1807) Place Written: London, England Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 22 July 1777 Pagination: 4 p. : docket ; 23.5 x 19 cm.

Summary of Content: There is no word of the "Adamant" which should have returned from Nova Scotia long ago. A ship arrived with letters from Admiral Montague describing how the British Frigate "Fox" was taken by two American ships, The "Handcock" [sic] and the "Boston." Fears a war with France is unavoidable. Remarks: "France, Spain & Holland are all supporting the Americans, and at the Same time Carrying on the Trade of this Kingdom. In which we our selves encourage them, because we can get our property Insured on board their Ships at a less Premium than on our own."

People: Watson, Brook, 1735-1807
Mauger, Joshua, 1725-1788
Halifax, George Montagu-Dunk, Earl of, 1716-1771
Grenville, George, 1712-1770
Sandwich, John Montagu, 4th Earl of, 1718-1792
Pitt, William, Earl of Chatham, 1708-1778

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Merchants and TradeCommerceGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyPoliticsStamp ActGovernment and CivicsFranceLawCanadaSoldier's Letter

Sub Era: Road to Revolution

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