Circular letter from Thomas Robinson, Baron Grantham to the American governors
Grantham, Thomas Robinson, Baron, 1695-1770
Volume 05, Pages 337-338
[B. P. R. O. Am: & W. Ind: Vol. 74.]
Circular to the Governors in North America.
Whitehall 16th April 1755.
The King having thought it necessary for His Service to order a Squadron of Ships of War to sail forthwith to America, under the command of Vice Admiral Boscawen; I am directed to signify to You His
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Majesty's Pleasure, that, in case any Naval Assistance shall be wanted for the Protection of your Government, that You should apply for the same to the said Vice Admiral, or to Commodore Keppell, who is already stationed in America, or any other Commander in Chief, for the Time being, of His Majesty's Ships in those Seas, who will send You such assistance as he may be able to do consistently with the General Service; And You will regularly communicate to them all such Intelligence, as shall come to your knowledge, concerning the Arrival of any Ships of War, or Vessels having Warlike Stores on Board; And likewise all such Advices, as may concern their Motions & Destination, or may in any manner relate to that part of His Majesty's Service, with which the Commanders of the King's Ships should be acquainted, who are properly instructed by the King's Order, to observe an exact Correspondence with You, during their Continuance in America And for the better Execution of the Orders sent You in this Letter, You will be diligent in employing proper Persons, & Vessels, not only to procure You the earliest Intelligence, but likewise to be dispatch'd from Time to Time, to the said Commanders of His Majesty's Ships, with such Accounts as you shall have Occasion to communicate to Them.
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