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    Jeffrey Amherst Manuscript Letter Signed "Jeff Amherst," one page, 8" x 12.5". Albany, August 20, 1761. To Thomas Hancock, Esq. In full, "I have this day your letter of the 10th Instant, as also one from the Owner of the True Britain, in Answer to which I have desired Mr. Wheelwright, who is authorized to act for him upon this occasion to send me the Charter party, which is necessary before I can grant the Certificates. The hundred wheelbarrows you are providing for Major General Bastide are sufficient; You need not bespeak any more, and you will do well to send them off by every opportunity that shall offer as fast as they are made otherwise they will be of no use; I approve much of the manner in which you sent the 40 you mention, by which they would go free of charge. The enclosed packets for Halifax & Louisbourg I recommend to your usual care." Thomas Hancock was a wealthy Boston merchant and a major supplier of the British army. When he died in 1764, his estate was inherited by his nephew, patriot John Hancock. General Jeffrey Amherst was Commander in Chief and General John Henry Bastide was Chief Engineer of the British Army in North America. In 1758, Amherst helped the British seize most French territory in Canada. In 1760, he captured Montreal, ending French rule in North America. From 1760-1763, Amherst was the military governor of Canada. Bastide was in charge of supervising the construction of the fortifications at Halifax. Both Nova Scotia port cities, Louisbourg is about 250 miles from Halifax. With light folds, the letter is in very fine condition.

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