Fort Ontario ledger

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Fort Ontario ledger
Collection

Fort Ontario ledger

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1759 - 1763
Library locations
Manuscripts and Archives Division
Shelf locator: MssCol 1212
Topics
Haldimand, Frederick, Sir, 1718-1791
Great Britain. Army -- Colonial forces -- America
Great Britain. Army -- Officers
Great Britain. Army -- Supplies and stores
Great Britain. Army. Regiment of Foot, 60th
Fort Ontario (N.Y.)
New York (State) -- History -- French and Indian War, 1754-1763
United States -- History -- French and Indian War, 1754-1763
United States -- History -- French and Indian War, 1754-1763 -- Hospitals
Fur trade -- New York (State) -- Albany
Indian traders -- North America
Indians of North America -- History -- Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775
Merchants
Nurses
Physicians
Soldiers
Sutlers
Genres
Ledgers (account books)
Account books
Notes
Content: The Fort Ontario ledger, 1759-1761, 1763, with a name index, contains entries of purchases and payments by British and colonial officers and others at the Fort, 1759 November-1761 May. The bulk of the entries are dated 1760 May-August, reflecting the buildup and departure of forces supporting Major General Jeffery Amherst's successful campaign to capture Montreal during the French and Indian War. Accounts usually appear under individual names, citing military unit or occupation, and are in no particular order. Notable persons include Colonel Frederick Haldimand; General Thomas Gage; Captain Joshua Loring of the Royal Navy; John Lottridge, Captain of Indians, and his brother, trader Thomas Lottridge; Colonel John Bradstreet; Captain Thomas Sowers, engineer; draftsman William Brasier; and Reverend John Ogilvie. Haldimand and his regiment are predominant among the entries for British and colonial units. Although the location of the garrison is not specified, the placement of regiments and officers at that time associate the manuscript with Fort Ontario. Accounts also include the Fort hospital, doctors and a nurse, an interpreter, the commissary, and sutlers, traders, and merchants. There is an extensive account for Isaac Mendes. Typical purchases include alcohol, meat and livestock, blankets, cloth and other haberdashery items, and candles. A few transactions show connections to Fort Niagara, Fort Stanwix and Fort William Augustus. The ledger also contains a loose account of pelts purchased and sold at Albany, 1763. The volume, identified as "Ledger A, 1760," is bound in vellum; the name Smith is just visible on the front cover.
Funding: Digitization was made possible by a lead gift from The Polonsky Foundation.
Physical Description
Extent: .21 linear feet 1 volume
Description
Fort Ontario, a British Army garrison located at Oswego in New York, was constructed in late 1759 and commanded by Colonel Frederick Haldimand of the 4th Battalion Royal Americans (60th Regiment of Foot). The Fort Ontario ledger, 1759-1761, 1763, with a name index, contains entries of purchases and payments by British and colonial officers and others at the Fort, 1759 November-1761 May. The bulk of the entries are dated 1760 May-August, reflecting the buildup and departure of forces supporting Major General Jeffery Amherst's successful campaign to capture Montreal during the French and Indian War.
Type of Resource
Text
Languages
English
Identifiers
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19326540
MSS Unit ID: 1212
Archives collections id: archives_collections_1212
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 9fca8830-c939-0134-a0c5-00505686a51c
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1759: Created (Approximate)
  • 2017: Digitized
  • 2018: Found by you!
  • 2019

MLA Format

Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library. "Fort Ontario ledger" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1759 - 1763. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/c8567ea0-d1d5-0133-0d63-00505686a51c

Chicago/Turabian Format

Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library. "Fort Ontario ledger" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed April 21, 2018. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/c8567ea0-d1d5-0133-0d63-00505686a51c

APA Format

Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library. (1759 - 1763). Fort Ontario ledger Retrieved from http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/c8567ea0-d1d5-0133-0d63-00505686a51c

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Fort Ontario ledger