New York June 6, 1779
I have Orders from the Commander in Chief to raise a Regiment of Militia upon Long Island, according to the plan presented by you and approved of by him; which approbation is signified by his Letter of May 1, 1779 (a Copy of which is annexed).
His Excellency has been pleased to appoint you Colonel of that Regiment of Militia, & you are hereby directed to take the necessary Measures to execute the Orders of Sr. Henry CLINTON.
I have sent orders to the Colonels of the other two Counties to furnish their respective Quotas immediately. I desire to know what the Quota of each County is, & you will transmit a Copy to the other Colonels by my Order. You will please to send me a List of the Officers you wish to recommend, they are only to be considered as named till approved of by the Commander in Chief.
By the Order, his Excellency's Intention seems to be to follow exactly the Plan observed last War. I think the Troop of Horse is an Addition to that plan, that part of it is to be deferred till the Pleasure of the Commander in Chief is further known.
I have the Honor to be, Sir,
Great Britain, Public Record Office, Audit Office, Class 13, Volume 98, folio 39.
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