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    [William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham] Early French & Indian War Decree Addressing Privateers to Refrain from Hostilities in the Gulf of Naples. One page, 7.75" x 12", "Court at St. James's", England, January 11, 1757. A manuscript copy, headed "George R." The French and Indian War (the North American portion of the world-wide conflict known as the Seven Years' War) was waged by Britain against her two main enemies - royal French forces and the various Native American forces that were allied with them. Fought from 1756 to1763, this fourth colonial war between the nations of France and Great Britain resulted in the British conquest of Canada.

    In part: "An Additional Instruction [for] all Privateers and other Ships which may have Letters of Marque against the French King, his Vassals, or Subjects, or others inhabiting within any of his Countries, Territories or Dominions... Whereas Our good Brother the King of the Two Sicilies, has represented to us, that many Inconveniences may arise from Hostilities being committed in the Gulph of Naples, by Privateers belonging to either of the Powers at War... His Sicilian Majesty having also communicated to us a Copy of Orders with the Court of France have given to the Commanders of their Privateers, and other Ships, relating to this Affair. We being desirous to give all Marks in Our Power of Friendship and Regard for the Court of Naples, Do hereby strictly enjoin the Commanders of all Ships and Vessels, that have, or may have Letters of Marque, or Commissions for Private Men of War, to abstain from any Act of Hostility, against the Ships and Subjects of the French King within the Gulph of Naples during the present War, Provided that all Privateers, and other French Ships, do, on their Part, strictly observe the Orders that have been given them to the same Effect. By His Majesty's Command, W. Pitt."

    Accomplished entirely in the same hand and signed by a proxy for William Pitt, who, just one month prior, was named Secretary of State for the Southern Department. In this position, Pitt guided policy relating to the Seven Years' War. Numerous chips along edges and corners; faint dampstains. Very good condition.

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