St. Johns Newfland. Decr. 28 1780
By a small Brig bound to Glasgow, which sails tomorrow, and I believe is the last Vessel bound to Europe, I am happy to inform that all is well in this Country, and also of my success in compleating to the Establishment; the Regiment which you have done me the honor to Command.
We had a general Muster on 24 Inst. in presence of Mr. Justice GILL, who has signed the Muster Rolls of each Company, which are transmitted by this Opportunity to the Agent, Mr. CRAWFORD, who will wait upon you with them, when it is agreable.
By the Inclosed return, you will observe at the time of the Muster, that we only wanted three Men to complete.
I have enlisted two since that period, and expect before the Hollydays are ended to have many more than my Compliment, those Marked Volunteers in the Muster Rolls, are the Kings Artificers, and part of those men belonging to Capt. ROGERS’s Company, that you reviewed last year, they are a great Acquisition to a New Corps, and by their example & Conduct will soon give the recruits the Appearance of Veterans.
Captn. EDWARDS informs me he means to write you by this Opportunity; by his returns you will find the recruiting Service has not prevented his maning the Ships under his Command to their Establishment.
I have taken the Liberty to desire the Agent Mr. CRAWFORD, to wait on you from time to time, for any assistance he may want from the weight of your Application to settle the Establishment on an honorable & advantageous footing.
I hope he will give you little trouble as I flatter myself his Majesty will have no Objection to encourage a Corps, that has been raised at the least expence of any embodied this War, as we are now near I hope he will give you little trouble as I flatter myself his Majesty will have no Objection to encourage a Corps, that has been raised at the least expence of any embodied this War, as we are now near 360 Men on Foreign Service, raised within three Months, and for less than 380 pounds, in full of all recruiting Charges, and extraordinary demands whatsoever.
When this Charge is compared with as many thousands that was drawn last Year by the American Corps in the Country, I hope it will require no other Argument to confirm the propriety of your assertions with respect to raising men in Newfland., for the defence of the Island.
I shall use every endeavour to forward the Recruits, in their Exercise during the Winter by drilling them in the Empty Store houses, & flatter myself you will be pleased with our Appearance when you return int he Spring.
I most sincerely wish you an agreable Winter, I beg to be continued with the honor of your protection, & to be favoured with your Commands in the Spring.
I am with the greatest respect, Sir,
His Excy. Govr. EDWARDS
Papers of the Continental Congress, M247, r65, I51, v1, pages 767-768.
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