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Letter by a British official in 1759 on the Seven Years War in India
(Catalogue ref: SP 54/45/72)
  • This is a note written by the Earl of Holderness to Lord Beauclerk on 18 October 1759. Holderness was the government minister who was responsible for British policy in India. Beauclerk was a commander of the British forces fighting the French in the Seven Years War.
  • The note is replying to a report sent by Beauclerk to Holderness earlier in the month.
  • The Seven Years War lasted from 1756-63. British and French forces and their allies fought in Europe, North America and India. It was in this war that leaders like General Clive made their reputations and their fortunes (see source 6 in this case study).
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