Collection SCA167-GA141 - Report by Rear-Admiral Charles Holmes, Sept. 18, 1759.

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Report by Rear-Admiral Charles Holmes, Sept. 18, 1759.

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7 p.

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Rear-Admiral Charles Holmes (1711-1761) was the sea commander who led a landing party of marines into Quebec at the time of its capture by Wolfe in 1759. He was third in command under Wolfe.

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This manuscript was formerly in the collection of the Fermor-Hesketh family of Northamptonshire, England. It was sold at auction at Sotheby's and purchased by Val O'Donovan, then Chancellor of the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ont.

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7 p. ms. report dictated by Rear-Admiral Charles Holmes for his superiors, recounting in detail the events of the Battle of the Plains of Abraham. Major-General James Wolfe captured Quebec on Sept. 13, 1759, but died on the battlefield. His opponent, the Marquis de Montcalm died the next day. Holmes dictated a detailed account of the battle and sent two copies on separate ships to the British Admiralty. This document is the second copy of that report.

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This document has no salutation or signature.

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Donated by Val O'Donovan in 2000.


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The first copy of this report, with salutation and signature, is in the British Library.

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An article about the donation of the letter appeared in the Thursday, September 14, 2000 edition of the Daily Bulletin.

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Article "Historic letter on Quebec battle back in Canada; Donated to University of Waterloo" by James Elliott appeared on Page A12 of the September 30, 2000 edition of The Hamilton Spectator. Includes commentary from history professor Geoff Hayes about the importance of the letter.

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