• Major Pepperell Complains To Father About Underage Son Leaving Vessel

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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.


    7 ¼ x 8, single page, 24 June 1723, to John Gowen of Kittery, Maine with Gowen’s response on the verso. Pepperell writes, "I Shipt your Son to proceed a Voyage . . . to Barbad[o]s & so here. I understand by the men that . . . he has Left the Vessel & that he told them he was under age. . . . . [Y]ou Verey well know that you told me before Several people when you where [sic] at my fathers house that you was willing he Should goo the Voyage . . . ." Pepperell desires a speedy response from Gowen.


    Gowen writes, “...I am sorry as well as surprised to see such a letter as this but I think youre...very wrong; as for my son I never heard him saye any thing but that he liked yourself and your employ and...had not thought of leaving the voige...I could not do without him...He will tell you...”


    Toning, some edge chipping. Gowen’s response is a bit difficult to read. Nice address leaf indicating letter was likely hand delivered to Gowen.


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