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Detroit Volunteers
Request for Blank Commissions


The Officers appointed to the Volunteer Company of Detroit, as well as the Officers of the Militia, not having Commission under your Excellency, I take the liberty of requesting that Blank Commissions may be sent for them.

Captain La MOTHE was appointed in consequence of a letter from Lord George GERMAINE but has no other commission than a sort of Warrant from me, which is but a feeble hold for a Man at his time of life with a family.

Should Your Excellency approve of his appointment, and that of two Lieutenants to the Company it will be a great encouragement to them, and to the Settlement in general.

His Lordship’s letter requiring dispatch several Officers and others were appointed in the Indian Department, a list of whom I sent down as soon as possible to General Sir Guy CARLETON for his approbation, but there has not any answer been given as yet, tho the draughts for their pay have been answered.

On the abovementioned occasion I put on pay, one Major for the six Companies, one Adjutant for the Company in the Fort consisting of 146 Men, and one Adjutant for the other five Companies in the Settlement.

I should be happy to know your Excellency’s pleasure on this Subject.


[Lieutenant General HALDIMAND]

[30 January 1779]

Great Britain, British Library, Additional Manuscripts, No. 21,782, folio 185.

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