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James Abercromby Papers: Finding Aid
mssAB 1-976  
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Description
This collection primarily contains letters, reports, memorials, returns, etc., written by or received from British Major General James Abercromby (1706-1781) during the 1758 campaign of the British army in North America during the Seven Years' War.
Background
British general James Abercromby (1706-1781) was a native of Banffshire, Scotland. He entered the army as a youth, and rose by degrees to be major general, in 1756. At this time, through the influence of the Earl of Loudoun, Abercromby was appointed his second in command in North America, and, in 1758, when Loudoun was recalled, succeeded him. It soon became apparent that Abercromby was unfitted for the supreme command, and he was replaced by Amherst within the year. Following his recall, he received the usual military promotion, and finally attained the rank of general in 1772.
Extent
Approximately 1,000 pieces in 16 boxes also, 2 oversized folders and 1 bound volume.
Restrictions
The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.
Availability
Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.