• Hero Of Louisbourg Pepperell Writes Of Provincial Troops, Major Ellis, His Regiment

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    SIR WILLIAM PEPPERELL, 1st Baronet (June 27, 1696 – July 6, 1759) was an American merchant and soldier in Colonial Massachusetts, widely remembered for organizing, financing and leading the 1745 expedition that captured the French garrison at Fortress Louisbourg during King George’s War. Pepperrell was called “the hero of Louisburg,” a victory celebrated in the name of Louisburg Square in Boston’s Beacon Hill neighborhood. He served in the Massachusetts General Court, the provincial legislature and the Governor’s Council. During the French and Indian War [1754 – 1763], he was made a Major General responsible for the defense of the Maine and New Hampshire frontier. Throughout the war, he raised and trained troops for the Massachusetts Colony.  Between March and August 1757, he was acting governor of Massachusetts.


    One-page, ALS, 7 ½ x 9 ¾ , Boston, May 9th, 1755, Pepperell writes to Capt. Edward Cole, speaking of Provincial troops, his regiment and Major Ellis, being Pepperell’s retained copy.


    “Yours of the 2d instant I received and am sorry my proposal to Major Ellis relating to you would [was] not answered. I wish you had wrote me some months before the major mentioned you to me in his letter...I am hastening to my regiment at New York. I am glad you are agoing although not in my regiment. I understand the Provincial Troops and our regiments will soon joyn together. I wish it may be in my powers to serve you my complements to Major Ellis and all Enquiring Friends. I am, Sir your Most Humble Sert  Wm Pepperell”


    Cole was a captain of the 1st Company of Rhode Island.  Four Rhode Island companies took part in the Battle of Lake George, fought on September 16, 1755, part of a campaign by the British to expel the French from North America in the French and Indian War.  French troops were overtaken by forced from New Hampshire.


    Folds, toning, foxing, staining mostly confined to the verso. Irregular right margin and a couple of ink burns. Very readable and a great early letter.


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