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    (French and Indian War) A fine collection of eight letters and documents relative to the French and Indian (Seven Years) War. INCLUDES: John Armstrong (1725-1795), Autograph Letter Signed, two pages, 8" x 13", Carlisle. [Pennsylvania], February 14, 1760 concerning the murder of two Indians: "...Yesterday I was present when the Coroner of this County held an inquest on the dead Bodies of a Indian Man & Boy... who had been Kill'd at their Wigwam on the North Side of Canidogwinet Creek... I saw the bodies pul'd out of the water & the Mortal wounds in the heads... made either with a narrow Axe or Tamahawke [sic]; they were also both Scalp'd. The Man was a Delaware & commonly known by the name of Doctor John, -- I have been told by an Old Trader he never was lik'd by his Nation, being by Some of them accounted a Wizard-- he generally lived among the white people until the Indian irruptions [sic] happened... amongst the White people he always had the Character of a Sassy insolent fellow...various Conjectures arise -- Some imagine the Squaw in a Drunken fit might do it... Others are of the Opinion that some of Our people... done the deed..." Armstrong served as an officer in the Seven Years War and also served as a general under George Washington during the American Revolution. Silked, minor losses, else very good; Capt. James Patterson, Autograph Letter Signed, one page, 8" x 12", no place given but likely Ft. Augusta, Pennsylvania, June 18, 1757, discussing recruiting efforts and military affairs: "...the Shamokin regiment is filling fast Capt. Hambrige w[i]t[h] some others of the gentlemen officer sent - here last night about 60 men gook like w[hi]ch with the other recruits & recruiters will make a party 100 strong... I expect the favour of your Honour as I Delight to be doing something in behalf of your Honour... [and requesting that] I may be discharged from Fort and w[i]t[h] your Orders Permitted to try to find Some of these Our Enemies that's often seen five of which is said to be seen in Paxton day before yesterday; my Usage at Fort Augusta has been very good; I Suppose you have hard of the Defeat of Leuit. Halliday of the Second Battalion..." Silked, losses affecting signature; Charles Cruikshank, rare Autograph Document Signed, one page, 7.5" x 6", New York, December 25, 1757, a sight draft for £164 " Delancey Robinson & company...". Fine condition; John Tuliken, manuscript Document Signed as Lieutenant Colonel of the 45th Regiment of Foot, one page 6" x 5", Louisbourg, September 16, 1763 certifying the seven-year service of Private Luke Murphy. At the end of the Seven Years War, the British razed the former French stronghold. Separated at folds, silked; Joseph Gorham, Autograph Document Signed, one page, 7" x 5", Marblehead, April 14, 1761, concerning a debt of £15 due to "...the Government of Nova Scotia...". Partial fold separation, reinforced on verso; James Bradford, Autograph Letter Signed, one page, 7" x 8.5", New York, Jan 4, 1755 to future Signer of the Declaration of Independence Stephen Hopkins: "...General Shirley has order'd me to desire your honour will be pleas'd to give this Express a press Warrant..." Fine; Witt Browning, manuscript Document Signed, one page, 8" x 4.5", Niagara, April 5, 1764 certifying that "...John Steadman had four Horses employ'd five days in his majesty's Service form hence to Fort Scholsen..." Fine; (William Pepperrell) manuscript Document, one page, 6" x 4", Kittery, February 12, 1750, an invoice for pitch, turpentine and tar. Pepperrell was famous for his 1745 expedition against Louisbourg. Very good. An amazing group from a difficult period to collect. Together, eight (8) pieces. From the Henry E. Luhrs Collection. Accompanied by LOA from PSA/DNA.

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