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 Louisburg 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.
Single page, ALS, 5 ½ X 8, JULY 30, 1737, to Dominique Recacechau in New England referring to his mercantile interests. “Your favour of ye 15th last I received. Am very sorry to heare there was any difference between your selfe & myself...I am greatly obliged for your kind offer of serving me & have some tho’t of being concerned in a vessel to use from hence to Bilboa & back here. I should be glad to render you any service in my power. I am with much respect, Sir, your very humble servt, Wm Pepperell.”
Toning, folds, light staining. A great piece of Colonial New England history by the notable Pepperell.
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