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Fox, Henry, Baron Holland (1705-1774) to George Montagu-Dunk, the Earl of Halifax

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09054.13 Author/Creator: Fox, Henry, Baron Holland (1705-1774) Place Written: s.l. Type: Manuscript letter Date: 27 March 1756 Pagination: 2 p. : docket ; 29.9 x 19.4 cm.

Same as previous (GLC09054.10-12). Discusses the issue of a spy under William Shirley's command and intercepted letters. Urges that Shirley be sent back to England as soon as possible and maintained as the Governor of Jamaica, a position to which Shirley had been recently appointed. "I cannot depart from an Opinion nor refrain from giving my Advice that Shirley be immediately sent for to England. He must not stay in North America in any Capacity...I shall be glad if your Lordship will join in my Advice to recall Shirley instantly." Noted as a copy in the upper left hand corner. Writing appears to have been pounced towards the end. Scored left hand margin. Gilt edges and watermarked with a fleur-de-lis, V, backward C, I and VI.

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