Provincial Corps of Pennsylvania Loyalists
You are hereby authorized and empowered to raise for his Majesty’s Service A Regiment of Able bodied Men to be Composed of 24 Serjeants, 24 Corporals, 8 Drummers and 400 Privates divided into 8 Companies, each Company Consisting of 1 Captain, 1 Lieutenant, 1 Ensign, 3 Serjeants, 2 Corporals, 1 Drummer and 50 Privates who will engage to Carry Arms under my Orders, or the Orders of the Commander in Chief of his Majesty’s Forces for the time being, for two Years or during the continuance of the present Rebellion in North America to receive the same pay and be under the Same Discipline of his Majesty’s Regular Troops.
The Field Officers will be Considered according to their proposed appointments but are to receive the pay of the Next Inferior Rank, until one half the Corps is raised and approved of by an Officer to be appointed for that purpose from which Date their Commissions will be signed, and their proper pay Commence.
All Officers are to be approved of by me previous to their being authorized to enlist men, and as their appointments by Commission will depend upon their Success in Recruiting they are to be instructed to raise the following Numbers to intitle them thereto Vizt. A Captain 30 Men, a Lieut. 15 Men and an Ensign 12 men.
Such Officers as do produced their respective Quotas of Men at the Rendezvous of the Recruits at Philadelphia and have them approved as aforesaid in two months from the Date of their approbations will receive their Commissions and pay accordingly, but failing in this they will only be intitled to Pay and Commissions in proportion to their Success in Recruiting at the expiration of two Months, and liable to be dismissed at the pleasure of the Commander in Chief- if they do not chuse to accept of the same- exact returns are therefore to be made to the approving Officer two Months from the date of this Warrant, that the Confirmation or dismission of Officers may be adjusted.
This Corps is to be stiled the first Battallion of Pennsylvania Loyalists of which the Commander in Chief is Coll.
Five Dollars in Specie will be allowed as a Bounty for each man enlisted and approved.
All Officers Civil and Military, & others his Majesty’s liege Subjects are hereby required to be aiding and assisting to you, and all concerned in the Execution of the above Service for which this shall be to you & them a Sufficient Warrant and Authority.
Given under my hand & Seal at Head Quarters at German Town
(Sign’d) Wm. HOWE
By his Excellency’s
[To William ALLEN]
Great Britain, Public Record Office, Headquarters Papers of the British Army in America, PRO 30/55/827.
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