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Signer Stephen Hopkins endorses a highly important Battle of Lake George document tied to the reinforcement of William Johnson's troops, ordering payment for Edward Cole's Rhode Island company. Cole's request, written a week after the battle, contains one of the earliest manuscript references to "Lake George."
"Endorsement Signed, ""Step Hopkins,"" [Newport, R.I.] November 8, 1775, on the verso of an Autograph Note Signed of Edward Cole, ""Edw Cole,"" 1 page, 6.25"" x 4"", Lake George, September 17, 1755 requesting pay for his company. On the verso, Hopkins, together with fellow Committee of War members, approves the payment ""and charge it to the Colony."" Vertical creases, minor wear at margins, light soiling at corners, else very good to fine condition. Lt. Colonel Cole had recently marched from Rhode Island to Albany to reinforce British troops under the command of William Johnson. Cole's Rhode Islanders had arrived just in time to help a British scouting party overcome French and Indian ambush as they returned to Fort Lyman (later renamed Fort Edward, in honor of Edward, Duke of York) from Lake George. Cole's reinforcements enabled William Johnson to improve his camp's defenses and allowed him to wage a pitched battle against his French adversaries. Johnson prevailed against the French late in the afternoon?"the first significant British victory of the French and Indian War. Cole writes, only a week following the battle, in full: ""Pay to Mr. William Mumford or Order the Sum of Twelve Hundred pounds /old Tenor/ for wages Due to me and my Comp[any] and Charge the same to Your Most Obt. Servt. Edw[ar]d Cole."" Mumford, who Rhode Island records reveal commanded Fort George in Newport Bay for much of the war, signs in receipt of the funds destined for Cole's men. This document also stands as one of the earliest known usages of ""Lake George"" in contemporary manuscript. William Johnson had just renamed Lac Ste. Sacrament, Lake George in honor of George II on August 25, 1755. During the American Revolution, Cole was a loyalist. Rhode Island authorities confiscated his home and property, and Cole became a refugee in Nova Scotia (""Claims and Memorial of Edward Cole of Rhode Island,"" [Halifax], Feb. 24, 1784, Great Britain, Public Record Office, Audit Office, Class 13, Volume 59, folio 64)."
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