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J. Amherst Superb Letter

SIR JEFFERY AMHERST. Letter Signed, “Jeff. Amherst”, 2 pp., 8” x 12.5“, New York, April 18, 1759. Some tears along folds not affecting text, some minor toning, else very fine with a strong signature.

In this very rare letter, Amherst promises to aid the Southern Colonies after conquering the French in Canada. To William Lyttelton, the Governor of South Carolina, concerning the French and Indian War, in part, “I have likewise had a very good Character of Mr. Motte, which, added to his being the Son of the Treasurer of South Carolina, induced me to give him all the Opportunity that lay in my power, for his preferment, ,and accordingly he is soon to Succeed to a Lieutenance, in the Royal American, by purchase. I am obliged to you for forwarding my letters to Governor Ellis, and for the like Care you promise to take care of those for Governor Dobbs.”

“I shall only Add, that by the Instructions I received this Year, I am, as I was the last, Enjoined to Cooperate with Admiral Saunders in Every Measure that shall be Judged Expedient towards making any Attempts Your way, after the Operations on this side are over …”

Marked “Duplicate” at top left indicating that it is likely a copy sent to Dobbs or Ellis. Ex-Christie’s, Sigety Collection.

Sir Jeffery Amherst (1717 – 1797) served as an officer in the British Army and as Commander-in-Chief of the Forces. Amherst became Governor of Virginia after defeating the French at Louisbourg in 1758.

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