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

Holmes, Charles, 1711-1761.
Report by Rear-Admiral Charles Holmes, Sept. 18, 1759. - 1759. 

7 pages.


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.

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.

Contents: 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 accoount of the battle and sent two copies on separate ships to the British Admiralty. This document is the second copy of that report.

This document has no salutation or signature.

Donated by Val O'Donovan in 2000.

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

A transcription of the manuscript is available.

Call number: GA141

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