King's Royal Regiment of New York
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Chambly 8th June 1776
I Enclose your Lordship the General returns of the Army serving under my Command.
Your Lordship will Observe some vacancies which I have delayed filling up from a Number of Volunteers now serving with the Troops only that I might be able to learn a little of their characters and to endeavour to make choice of the most deserving and fit.
The day after a part of the Troops had taken Possession of Montreal Sir John JOHNSON, with about two hundred followers Joined me from the Province of New York;
and upon the representation of this Gentleman, that many others of his Majestys faithful Subjects, Suffering in that Country under the Persecution of the Rebels for their loyalty, would willingly take up Arms, if they could get them, and serve in any manner which might best contribute to the Success of his Majestys designs.
I thought it might be a measure which would be approved of, to encourage the Spirit, as well to draw every Assistance possible from it to his Majestys Service, as to furnish people, so Circumstanced, with the means of defending themselves:
I have therefore, at the desire of Sir John JOHNSTON Given him an order to raise a Battalion of men on the Frontiers of this Province, of equal numbers with those of his Majesty’s other Regiments serving in America, and I have appointed him Lieutenant Colonel Commandant, and called the Corps the Kings Royal Regiment of New York.
I am my Lord
Great Britain, Public Record Office, War Office, Class 1, Volume 2, folio 315.
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