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    [French and Indian War] and [John Forbes]. George Anderson Autograph Letter Signed "Geo: Anderson." One page biofolium, 7" x 11.75", New York, February 2, 1759, to General John Forbes in Philadelphia thanking him for using his influence with General Amherst in obtaining a furlough. With integral transmittal leaf addressed to Forbes in Philadelphia bearing a brown "NEW YORK" cancellation. Expected folds with some partial separations, loss from seal tear, else very good to fine condition.

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    Anderson's letter reads,"I take the Liberty to trouble you with this, to inform you that I have at last obtained General Amhersts leave to go to England in the Packet along with major [Francis] Halkett. Which he has Ordered for that purpose, and is to Sail on Sunday.- As this Indulgence was entirely owing to your influence with the General; You'll give me leave to return you my most Sincer [sic] thanks for this favour, which is of very great consequence to me, and which I shall ever greatfully [sic] acknowledge."

     

    Anderson arrived in Philadelphia with General Forbes in June 1758 in command of a strong detachment of Royal Artillery. The addition of a large train of artillery helped compel the French to abandon Fort Duquense on November 26.

     

    Capt. Francis Halkett (d. 1760) served under Forbes as brigade major during the 1758 expedition against Fort Duquense and was charged with carrying Forbes' letter to William Pitt announcing the victory and his renaming of the place in Pitt's honor. Because of Forbes' ailing health, the general charged Halkett to provide the Prime Minister with the details of the victory. Halkett served through most of French and Indian War. He marched with George Washington in Braddock's disastrous 1755 expedition against Fort Duquense where he witnessed the deaths of his father, Col. Peter Halkett, and his brother, Lt. James Halkett.

     

    The 1758 expedition's commander, John Forbes, was so ill with dysentery, he returned to Philadelphia, carried in a litter, soon after Fort Duquense's fall. Forbes died soon after receiving this letter on 11 March 1759 at the age of forty-nine.



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