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MS Eng 106

Gage, Thomas, 1721-1787. Thomas Gage letters, 1759-1773: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: f
Call No.: MS Eng 106
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Gage, Thomas, 1721-1787.
Title: Thomas Gage letters,
Date(s): 1759-1773.
Quantity: 1 collection (.25 linear feet (2 volumes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Letters from British General Thomas Gage primarily to military officer Colonel John Bradstreet and Superintendent of Indians Sir William Johnson.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

No accession number. Gift of William B. Sprague; received: 1848 November 1.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research. Volume 1 should be used with a book cradle.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Thomas Gage Letters, 1759-1773 (MS Eng 106). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Thomas Gage (1721-1787) was a British general, best known for his many years of service in North America, including his role as colonial governor and military commander in the early days of the American Revolution. From 1763 to 1775 he served as commander-in-chief of the British forces in North America, headquarters in New York City.
John Bradstreet (1711-1774) was a British officer during King Georges' War, the French and Indian War, and Pontiac's Rebellion. He also served as the lieutenant governor of St. John's Newfoundland.
Sir William Johnson (1715-1774) was appointed the British agent to the Iroquois indians, then in 1756 became the British Superintendent of Indian Affairs for the northern colonies.
The former owner of this material was William Buell Sprague (1795-1876) an American clergyman and a collector of historical documents.


Arranged as bound, mostly chronological.

Scope and Contents

187 retained copies of autograph manuscript (signed) and manuscript letters (signed), some appear to be in copyists hands. Letters sent to Lieutenant Coventry [in Albany, New York], Colonel John Bradstreet [in Albany, New York], and Sir William Johnson [location not named] concerning military and colonial government business, chiefly Indian affairs and struggles with the French. Most letters were written at British military headquarters in New York, but there are a few written from Fort Stanwix, the Camp of Oswego, and Montreal. Also includes a document with a seal, a typescript list of the contents, and a printed list concerning Gage letters from the Haldimand collection. Volume is bound in half green morocco with cloth boards.

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