Lord Jeffery Amherst, a Soldier of the King

Lord Jeffery Amherst, a Soldier of the King

Lord Jeffery Amherst, a Soldier of the King

Lord Jeffery Amherst, a Soldier of the King

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Hidden in seventeen chests in the cellar of a country house in Kent, England, the correspondence of Jeffery, Lord Amherst, has remained for nearly 140 years unknown to history.

Some of the letters, of course, have appeared in other collections, such as the Earl of Chatham correspondence. The Library of Congress, U. S. A., has listed and obtained copies of some five hundred of these. In the main, however, the character and influence of Lord Amherst has been obscured in the mists of uncertainty.

Conqueror of Canada, recognized by British historians as the greatest general in the period between Marlborough and Wellington, Commander-in-chief of the forces in England during the American revolution, and member of the Cabinet of George III, the real man behind this career has been a questionmark.

Many of the shorter histories of the period have dismissed Amherst's accomplishments in a sentence. More curious historians, such as Lt. Col. F. E. Whitton in Wolfe and North America, have wondered at the silence. "Wolfe has often been hailed as the conqueror of Canada," writes Whitton, "a description so unwarranted by fact as to call for no serious discussion. If to but one aspect of the struggle--the military, or land one--our attention is to be turned, and if to one man alone the palm is to be awarded, then that man is Jeffery Amherst. . . . It should never be forgotten--although as a matter of fact no military item is more persistently overlooked--that Wolfe, though acting in temporary independence upon orders received direct from the King, was still a subordinate. In 1759 and 1760 Amherst was Commander-in-chief in North America."

The relationship of the fall of Montreal to the entire and final . . .

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