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Title Earl of Dunmore Document Set
Date 1751 March 14
Description 1 item-two leaf pamphlet with manuscript
People Dunmore, John Murray, Earl of, 1732-1809
Search Terms United States History Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775
Carriages and coaches
Scope & Content Earl of Dunmore document set. 1 item-two leaf pamphlet with manuscript letter

The manuscript reads as follows:


As my Phaeton is almost worn out, I wifh you would build me a plain but neat port Chaise, painted straw [illegible] as usual, with Venetian Blinds, with as large a box as you conveniently can in the inside, but no trunk on the out side, but a neat [illegible] before, and a Coach Box to take off [illegible] put on at pleasure, with a place for a Servant to stand behind and harnefs for a pair of Horses to drive with either a Coachman or Postillion, lined with boath Colour such as I had before, with strong wheels, as our roads are Rockey and stoney and when you are near ready if you will enquire at the North Carolina or Bahama Coffee House, near the Royal Exchange you will there hear of Vefsels sailing for this place, and when you send it out if you will let me know the amount I will send you an order on my agent in London for the sum, but a Glafs behind & I am Sir your [illegible] & very H.ble Serv

New Providence
[illegible] March 14th 1751

If you know of any good steady, sober Coachman, if he was a middle aged man I should like him the better, as to encouragement you may give him what you think reasonable provided he agrees to serve me for three years certain, but should he find that the climate did not agree with him, I will pay his pafsage home [illegbile] provided bad health is not brought on him by his own intemperance. J. "

John Murray, 4th Earl of Dunmore (1730–February 25, 1809) was the British governor of the Province of New York from 1770 to 1771 and the Virginia Colony, from September 25, 1771 until just before the American Revolutionary War began in June 1775. During his term as Virginia's colonial governor, from 1771 to 1774, he directed a series of campaigns against the Indians known as Lord Dunmore's War. The Shawnee were the main target of these attacks, and his purpose was to strengthen Virginia's claims in the west, particularly in the Ohio Country. Some have accused him of colluding with the Shawnees and arranging the war in order to deplete the Virginia militia and help safeguard the Loyalist cause, should there be an American Revolution.

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