[Military diary from Seven Years' War in North America : manuscript
Hopson, Peregrine, 1685-1759
Seven Years' War, 1756-1763
2 v. 17.5 x 11 cm.
Cursive script; varying number of long lines per page.
Two military MS. relating to troop preparations prior to the siege of Louisbourg during the period of campaign in North America in 1757, which formed part of the Seven Years' War in North America between Great Britiain and France.
Written by 2 distinct hands in English in black and brown inks.
Bound in contemporary marbled paper wrappers, the spine of vol. I repaired; housed in a modern marbled paper case.
Vol. I with caption title: James Hargreaves's books; vol. II with caption title: Camp at Halifax.
Vol. I:  p. at end written upside down.
Title derived from contents.
Cf. Ken Spelman Rare Book's Catalogue 54.
Formerly catalogued as Fisher MSS 01067.
Vol. I (25 April-18 August 1757):  p. written from Cork, on board ship, and in Halifax, N.S., with extremely detailed and precise listing of orders of the day during the preparations for departure to America of the troops under Major General Hopson. The regiments of foot (including the 17th, 22nd, 27th, 43rd, 46th, and 47th) were stationed at Cork, and the orders convey the activities of the army on the move. Includes lists of the ships in the British fleet, regiments sailing in each, the number of men, and lists of artillery. The final pages record troop movements around the camp at Halifax. Includes intelligence information about the French army at Louisbourg.
Vol. II (16 July-1 August 1757):  p. written at Halifax, N.S. Includes further detailed listings of orders from with the British camp, the kitting out of troops newly arrived from Ireland, and daily military activities.
Purchased from Ken Spelman Rare Books, 6 April. 2005