Thomas M. Truxes (ed.), Records of Social and Economic History: New Series, Vol. 28: Letterbook of Greg & Cunningham, 1756–57: Merchants of New York and Belfast

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101 To Law, Satterthwaite & Jones, Barbadoes           12 July 1756[f. 81]

Gentlemen:

My last was the 14th March Via Philadelphia. I have not since had the pleasure of any of your favours. The 1st May last I enterd into Partnership with Thomas Greg. Our Firm is annexed. We beg leave to assure you of our readiness at all times to render you every service in our Power. The Embargo on Provisions yet continues.1 When it will be taken off is uncertain.

Our Army marched for Crown Point about A Week agoe.2    WC, G&C

per the Greg, Capt. Hathornpg 172

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Editor’s Note
1 A twenty-one day embargo on the export of provisions and military stores from the Province of New York began on 3 May 1756. It was continued on 24 May, after which Gov. Charles Hardy persuaded the governors of Pennsylvania and New Jersey to do likewise, and remained in effect until 27 November 1756 (The Colonial Laws of New York from the Year 1664 to the Revolution [5 vols., Albany, New York, 1894–1896], IV, 84–5, 96; Philip Cuyler, New York, to Cornelius Cuyler, Albany, 7 May 1756, Philip Cuyler Letter Book; Stokes, Iconography, IV, 680; Victor L. Johnson, 'Fair Traders and Smugglers in Philadelphia, 1754–1763,' PMHB, LXXXIII [1959], 135).
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2 Crown Point, located at the southernmost tip of Lake Champlain, was the site of the French stronghold, Fort St. Frédéric, 'the Carthage of New England and New York.' A force of about 7,000 provincial soldiers, along with two regiments of regulars (the 44th and 48th Regiments of Foot), participated in Gen. William Shirley's abortive expedition against Crown Point in the summer of 1756. The dismissal of Shirley as commander-in-chief of British forces in North America, conflict between provincial and regular officers, and the fall of the British forts at Oswego led to the collapse of the Crown Point campaign (Willard to Shirley, 28 Dec. 1752, Massachusetts Papers, NYPL; Postlethwayt, Universal Dictionary, II, 825–6; Gipson, British Empire, VI, 192–211).
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