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Armed Boat Company
Warrant to Luce

To William LUCE Esqr.

By Virtue of the Power & Authority in me vested, I do hereby Authorize & empower you to raise for his Majesty's Service, One Company of Able Bodied Men, to be employed in Whale Boats & other Armed Vessels, to consist of One Capt., four Lieuts., Eight Mates & Ninety two Private Men who will engage to serve in the above mentioned Capacity for two years, or, if required, during the Continuance of the present Rebellion in North America, to receive the same Pay as the Marines employed in the Armed Vessels in the Qr. Masr. Genls. Depart. to be Cloathed, Armed & be under the same Regulation & Discipline as his Majesty's Provincial Forces.

The Officers to be appointed by me; & it is to be made known to the Lieuts. that, upon each of them producing Twenty five Men, they will be entitled to their Pay & Commission. All Officers Civil & Military & Others his Majesty's Legal Subjects are hereby required to be Aiding & Assisting to you & all concerned in the Execution of the Above Services, for which this shall be to you & them a Sufficient Warrant & Authority.

Given under my Hand & Seal at Head Quarters New York the 2nd Day of July 1781.


  I do Certify that the Above is a true Copy
of a Warrant in my possession.
                    Charles COOKE

Great Britain, Public Record Office, Treasury Office, Class 1, Volume 647, folio 74.

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