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The Seven Years War (1756-63)

Manuscript and printed maps and views, correspondence and journals from the first global war


Fort Beauséjour, 1755


Pen, ink on paper | 31.8 x 39.5 cm (One sheet folded in half to 31.8 x 19.8 cm) | RCIN 731060.b

An account of the action at Fort Beauséjour, 1755. French and Indian War (1754-63).

This account by John Brewse states that in February 1755, Colonel Stringer Lawrence (see RCIN 731053, siege of Trichinopoly 1753) prepared a plan for taking Fort Beauséjour and to drive the French from the Isthmus of Chignecto. A description of the successful expedition to capture Fort Beauséjour, 'now Honoured with the Name of Cumberland' is given together with the announcement that Brewse is sending four plans of the operation with this account. Two of the plans can be identified as RCINs 731059 and 731060.a.

  • John Brewse (author)

    Anonymous (draughtsman)

  • Watermark: Pro Patria; countermark: GR with crown above

    Mark, stamped: 773

    Condition: one fold line; torn along the length of the fold

  • 31.8 x 39.5 cm (One sheet folded in half to 31.8 x 19.8 cm)

  • Printed title:

    No title. [An account of the action at Fort Beau Sejour, June 1755. Begins:] (Copy) / Halifax October 1755. / Right Hon.ble and Hon.ble Gentlemen [of the Board of Ordnance] / As a body of Troops (to which I was now joined) has been in motion this Summer in Nova Scotia, I humbly beg leave to give Your Honours some Account of their employment …


    George III heading: Fort Cumberland June 1755.

    Other annotations: (Recto) [top right, black pencil:] (67). (Verso) [bottom right, black pencil:] (67 68).

    George III catalogue entry:

    Cumberland, Fort A drawn Plan of the Fort of Beau Sejour, now Cumberland, with the attacks in June 1755: by J. Brewse Eng.r with a MS. copy of his Report, dated Halifax, Oct.r 1755.

  • Subject(s)

    Fort Beauséjour, New Brunswick, Canada (45°51'52"N 64°17'29"E)

Page revisions

  • 14 March 2024