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.
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
Approximately 1,000 pieces in 16 boxes also, 2 oversized folders and 1 bound
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