1 page, small folio, minor spotting, small repair to edge catching one letter text. A RARE FIRST-HAND ACCOUNT OF THE BATTLE OF LAKE GEORGE, 8 SEPTEMBER 1755. Cook, identified in a docket as "now a Lt. of the train of artillery in Mr. Johnson's Army," gives "a short account of a merry Day's Work that we had here": repulsing a large-scale attack by the French under Marshall L.A. Dieskau; the untrained Colonial troops were under command of Sir William Johnson: "Yesterday we were informed...there was a large Body of French & Indians between us and the Fort that we had built...and immediately General Johnson ordered a Detachment of one thousand Men to march out." The two sides engaged in fire, which "continued for the space of six Hours longer with Exceeding Fierceness on both Sides;" finally the French retreated (the action known as the Bloody Morning Scout). Cook estimates casualties and prisoners and notes that "Col. Harris is not arrived but we expect him every day with a Reinforcement which we long to see." In a postscript he adds that he hopes his brother-in-law has sent with Col. Harris the things he asked for, wishing he had asked "for your Pistols." This signal victory earned a baronetcy for Johnson. -- DE LANCEY, James (1703-1760), Lt. Governor of New York. Autograph letter signed ("James Delancey") TO MASSACHUSSETTS GOVERNOR THOMAS POWNALL, Albany, 11 August 1757. 1 page, 4to, tipped to larger sheet. De Lancy confirms receipt of letters from Capt. Bartman, aide-de-camp to General Webb, at Fort Edward, "whereby he acquaints me that the Garrison of Fort Witt was hourly expected there on Parole of honour not to bear Arms for eighteen months." He continues that the news he had sent of Fort Edward being attacked was in fact false; "though there still appears the greatest necessity for harkening to this place all possible assistance that General Webb may be enabled to drive the Enemy from this end of the Lake." Together 2 items. (2) " /> [FRENCH & INDIAN WAR]. COOK, Silas. Autograph letter signed ("Silas Cook") or a scribal copy of Cook's letter to his brother-in-law Major Andrews [docket], "Lake George or St. Sacrament," 9 September 1755. <I>1 page, small folio, minor spotting, small repair to edge catching one letter text.</I> A RARE FIRST-HAND ACCOUNT OF THE BATTLE OF LAKE GEORGE, 8 SEPTEMBER 1755. Cook, identified in a docket as "now a Lt. of the train of artillery in Mr. Johnson's Army," gives "a short account of a merry Day's Work that we had here": repulsing a large-scale attack by the French under Marshall L.A. Dieskau; the untrained Colonial troops were under command of Sir William Johnson: "Yesterday we were informed...there was a large Body of French & Indians between us and the Fort that we had built...and immediately General Johnson ordered a Detachment of one thousand Men to march out." The two sides engaged in fire, which "continued for the space of six Hours longer with Exceeding Fierceness on both Sides;" finally the French retreated (the action known as the Bloody Morning Scout). Cook estimates casualties and prisoners and notes that "Col. Harris is not arrived but we expect him every day with a Reinforcement which we long to see." In a postscript he adds that he hopes his brother-in-law has sent with Col. Harris the things he asked for, wishing he had asked "for your Pistols." This signal victory earned a baronetcy for Johnson. -- DE LANCEY, James (1703-1760), <I>Lt. Governor of New York</I>. Autograph letter signed ("James Delancey") TO MASSACHUSSETTS GOVERNOR THOMAS POWNALL, Albany, 11 August 1757. <I>1 page, 4to, tipped to larger sheet.</I> De Lancy confirms receipt of letters from Capt. Bartman, aide-de-camp to General Webb, at Fort Edward, "whereby he acquaints me that the Garrison of Fort Witt was hourly expected there on Parole of honour not to bear Arms for eighteen months." He continues that the news he had sent of Fort Edward being attacked was in fact false; "though there still appears the greatest necessity for harkening to this place all possible assistance that General Webb may be enabled to drive the Enemy from this end of the Lake." <I>Together 2 items.</I> (2) | Christie's