West Florida Loyal Refugees
Extract of a Letter from his Excellency Sir William HOWE dated New York 13th Jany. 1777 to John STUART Esqr. Superintendant.
Lord William CAMPBELL has represented to me in a particular manner that a number of his Majestys faithfull Subjects from South Carolina have taken Refuge among the different Nations of Indians, and that they will be in great need of your Support and Assistance.
You are therefore here by directed to order your Deputies to class those who are willing to act Offensively with the Indians into Companies under trusty Officers.
That you furnish them with Arms, Amunition, & such Necessaries as they may need.
That you fix them to certain Districts making them Obedient to your Orders.
And that You do fall upon every other Expedient You can to relieve their Distresses and to make them as serviceable as possible in surmounting them by joining their Force to that of the Indians.
You are also directed to keep the Expences attending these People seperate from those of the Indians transmitting as regular Accounts of the One as the other.
The knowledge they must have of the frontier Inhabitants & of the Loyalists in particular will make them very usefull in distinguishing them when necessary and I beg this Caution may be strictly enjoyn'd to all Parties going into the Settlements of any of the Provinces &c.
Great Britain, Public Record Office, Treasury, Class 1, Volume 629, folio 149.
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