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    William Pepperrell Autograph Letter Signed "Wm. Pepperrell." One page, 8.5" x 8.25", October 28, 1719, "Pis[eataqua] in New England." The future hero of Louisbourg has signed his scarce signature to this letter addressed to "Mr. Ellias Pearse" concerning a bill of lading, debts, the shipping of goods, and other business matters.

    In addition to his many commercial activities in the British American colonies, William Pepperrell (1696-1759) of Massachusetts was very active in colonial military leadership later during the 1740s and 1750s. In 1745, during King George's War, he led a successful Massachusetts expedition against the French colony of Nova Scotia, capturing Fortress Louisbourg after a six-week siege. Accolades and promotions followed. A decade later during the French and Indian War, Pepperrell (spelling varies) commanded the defense of the colonies, raised troops, and acted as Massachusetts' governor in 1757. Two years later, he was promoted to lieutenant general, the first American to be given that position. Regretfully, he died within months of the promotion. This early American document with a rare signature contains some minor stains, tears along top edge, and small holes in text. Near fine condition.


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