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Shirley, William (1694-1771) [Request for 100 pounds sterling to pay troops]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC08923 Author/Creator: Shirley, William (1694-1771) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Manuscript document signed Date: 17 December 1747 Pagination: 2 p. ; 32 x 19.5 cm.

Summary of Content: Requests funds, to be given to Daniel Ayrault, to pay troops intended for an expedition against Canada during King George's War: "When the Parliament of Great Britain shall make Provision for Paying the Troops rais'd for the late intended Expedition against Canada. Be pleas'd to order Payment of this my third Exchange." Sent to William Pitt, who was "Paymaster General of His Majesty." A signed note on the verso by Ayrault orders that the money be paid to Elias Bland, for Ayrault's account. A signed note beneath that signed by Bland and witnessed by John Bland & Sons and dated 8 November 1750 attests to the receipt of the money.

Background Information: Daniel Ayrault (1677?-1764) was a bookseller in Newport, Rhode Island. Elias Bland (fl. 1749-1760) was a merchant in Newport, Rhode Island.

People: Shirley, William, 1694-1771
Pitt, William, Earl of Chatham, 1708-1778
Ayrault, Daniel, 1676-1764
Bland, Elias

Historical Era: Colonization and Settlement, 1585-1763

Subjects: French and Indian WarMilitary HistorySoldier's PayCanadaFranceGovernment and Civics

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