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Hinshelwood, Archibald (fl. 1765) to Joshua Mauger

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03902.061 Author/Creator: Hinshelwood, Archibald (fl. 1765) Place Written: Halifax, Nova Scotia Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 19 August 1765 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: A first-person account of the escalating conflict over the Stamp Act from a pro-British perspective. Hinshelwood thanks Mauger for helping him get an appointment for the "disposal of the stamps" in Nova Scotia. Discusses his position as secretary in the military department, observing that the frequent change in commanding officers makes his retention of the position more likely. Comments on resistance to the Stamp Act in Boston, where a mob burned Mr. Oliver, the stamp officer, in effigy and have threatened to burn the stamp office. He sees no opposition in Halifax and comments that they have the military capacity to suppress anything that occurs. Notes hearing that Mauger had lost an election.

People: Hinshelwood, Archibald , fl. 1765.
Mauger, Joshua, 1725-1788.

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: Canada, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Government and Civics, Stamp Act, Taxes or Taxation, Military History, Mobs and Riots, Election, Politics

Sub Era: Road to Revolution