BOUQUET, Henry (1719-1765), as Lieutenant Colonel of the 1st Battalion, 60th Foot, letter signed, to Governor John Penn of Pennsylvania, dated "Camp at Ligonier", 12 September 1764. 3 pp., quarto, with folds and some marginal staining, docketing on recto of third page.
Bouquet acknowledges the receipt of Penn's letter of August 31st concerning deserters from the two battalions of Pennsylvania Provincials, noting that it would also be "utterly detrimental to the service to overlook so enormous a Breach of all the Laws against Perjury, Theft and Treason; such a flagrant Instance of Desertion has never been Seen, much less left unnoticed...." Bouquet informs him that "General Gage having, agreeably to my Expectation, annulled and disavowed Colonel Bradstreet's Treaty, and renewed his orders to attack the Delawares and Shawnee unless they give full satisfaction for their future behaviour. He discusses dealing with the desertion and his expectation of an unknown number of volunteers "from Virginia; They are to join me at Fort Pitt: The Report of a Peace has I hear prevented some Volunteers from your Government from joining me, I hope it will not have the same Effect upon those from Virginia." An important letter dealing with Bouquet's expedition against the Ohio Indians; autograph letters by this officer are extremely rare, the last auction record we have found for such was in 1965.