Claims and Memorials
The Bearer of this Letter Mr. John GRANT who is a very old Lieutenant in the Army and on half-pay was settled near Lake Champlain in the beginning of the American Troubles and drove From thence by the Rebels early in the dispute with a total Loss of his Effects. He was named to have the Command of a Company in Colonel MacLEAN's Corps and his Commission made out; but having in the Intermediate time between that Nomination and forming the Corps on Mr. MacLEAN's Arrival, being drove to England he was relieved here and paid as a Captain in Colonel MacLEAN's Corps, supposing that Commission to him to have actually taken place.
He was afterwards recommended for, and was to have had a Company in General FRASER's Regiment, but from some mistake or blunder supposing him fix'd in MacLEAN's he was disappointed of this, and what was yet more unfortunate for him, it was soon after discovered that his Commission in MacLEAN's Corps had not been compleated.
For not finding him in America on the Establishment of that Corps and bringing it into actual Service, his absence had been supplied by another Officer, and the Commission intended for him given away. Thus he has been left devoid of all Promotion, but he has been relieved as an American Sufferer, having had continued to him on that account his Allowance of Ten Shillings a Day.
As he is well Acquainted with Service in America and has the Reputation of being a good Officer, it is thought that he may be useful under your Excellency.
The Lords Commissioners of His Majesty's Treasury have therefore order'd him a Passage in a Transport, and their Lordships desire to recommend him to you for Promotion to a Company in an Establish'd Corps as soon as your Excellency can possibly give one to him, not only on account of his Service, but also in regard to his Sufferings and disappointments as well as relieving the Publick of the present Charge upon them of Ten Shillings a Day which their Lordships under these particular Circumstances have consented to continue to him untill he shall have a Company given him;
till then, he will serve as you shall direct him, and when your Excellency shall have so promoted him you will please to acquaint me therewith for their Lordships Information, that care may be taken to stop the Payment of the 10 s. a day here, as he has received orders to draw for it on One of the Clerks of the Treasury untill that time. The peculiarity of the Case their Lordship's hope will account to you for their taking such a Step, and be an Appology to your Excellency for the Measure.
I have the Honour to be with great Regard,
Great Britain, Public Record Office, Audit Office, Class 13, Volume 96, folio 352.
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