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Howe, Richard, Earl, 1726-1799



  • Existence: 1726 - 1799


Richard Howe, 1st Earl Howe was a British naval officer. After serving throughout the War of the Austrian Succession, he gained a reputation for his role in amphibious operations against the French coast as part of Britain's policy of naval descents during the Seven Years' War. He also took part, as a naval captain, in the decisive British naval victory at the Battle of Quiberon Bay in November 1759. In North America, Howe is best known for his service during the American Revolutionary War, when he acted as a naval commander and a peace commissioner with the American rebels; he also conducted a successful relief during the Great Siege of Gibraltar in the later stages of the War.

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Richard Howe letter

Identifier: Mss 776413
Mss 776413
Date(s): 1776-07-13
Scope and Contents

An unaccepted letter from Earl Richard Howe of Eagle Off, Staten Island, New York to George Washington, asking for an opportunity to present the "King's benevolent intentions."

From the original in the William L. Clements Library, Ann Arbor, 1959.

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