King's American Rangers
Halifax 21st January 1782
Agreeable to your Order of yesterday we have maturely considered the Report you Sent us, Signed by Doctor MARSHALL, and the Surgeons of the Garrison;
we have also examined Mr. DAVIS, Surgeon to the Kings Rangers, who declares, that out of between Seventy or Eighty the present Strength of the Corps, he has no less than thirty-one Sick of the same fever described in said Report, and further says he never had a man ill of such a fever, previous to their doing duty in the prison-Ship Stanislaus, since which, almost every man in the Corps has been ill of the Same.
After duly considering these circumstances and the report, and the great Mortality (consistent with our own knowledge) that has been among the prisoners on board of said Prison-Ship, as well as those sent out of her into the Hospitals, We are of Opinion that it would be imprudent to continue a Guard on board the said Prison-Ship Stanislaus, but conceive that placing the Centinels, at a proper distance from the Naval and Prison hospitals, with strict charge to have no intercourse or communication with the Sick, will not be attended with any bad consequences-
We have the Honor to be
a true Copy
Great Britain, Public Record Office, Headquarters Papers of the British Army in America, PRO 30/55/4064.
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