7 December 2015
[FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR.] SHIRLEY, William (1694-1771). Partly printed document signed (“W. Shirley”), as Captain-General and Governour in Chief of Massachusetts Bay, Boston, 4 June 1755. 1 page folio (12 ¼ x 15 ¼in.), woodcut initial capital, printed in four typefaces, worn and repaired at folds (catching several letters), paper seal at top left.
Governor Shirley makes “John Brewer, Gentleman” a captain of the Foot Company in the South Regiment of the County of Hampshire. Shirley was the longest serving governor of the Massachusetts Bay colony. He was a key military commander in the Anglo-French wars of 1745 (Louisbourg) and was commander-in-chief of British forces in the opening years of the French and Indian War.
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