Letter to Governor [Horatio] Sharpe [Annapolis, Md.]
NamesSharpe, Horatio, 1718-1790 (Recipient)Dinwiddie, Robert (Creator)
Thomas Addis Emmet collection, [legacy collection]
Series XXII. Irving's Life of Washington
Dates / OriginPlace: Williamsburgh, Va.Date Created: 1755-09-20
Library locationsManuscripts and Archives DivisionShelf locator: MssCol 927
NotesFunding: Digitization was made possible by a lead gift from The Polonsky Foundation.Citation/reference: EM13380-14457
Physical DescriptionL. S. 2 pp. Fo
DescriptionSharpe's letter of 15th July was picked up in the street and opened; the officers in Nova Scotia will offer their services to General [William] Shirley or to their commands there; has received his letter of 2nd by express, blames Colonel Dunbar for retreating over the mountains without building a fort so as to check the French advance; Dunbar's conduct without precedent; has reported it to the [English] ministry; as to building a fort on the other side of the Allegany Mountains; has granted commissions for 16 companies, to consist of 1000 men, the command to be given to Colonel [George] Washington to protect the frontiers, learn the exercises in winter and be ready to join any forces from home in the spring; Dunbar carried coehorns not mortars; according to Lieut. John St. Clair enemy's destruction of the great guns was doubtful; thinks if Gen. Shirley succeeds [at Niagara] the forts on the Ohio would soon be theirs but fears the enemy has had time to reinforce against Shirley; Montgomery at Hampton with stores and clothing, hears that the whole English navy is in commission and that war would be declared [against France] on return of the King from his German Dominion; is ashamed to send the enclosed militia law, all he could obtain.
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IdentifiersNYPL catalog ID (B-number): b11868616MSS Unit ID: 927Archives EAD ID: 279399Calendar number: EM. 13455Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): c8c645d0-002b-0130-9bb1-58d385a7bc34
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