Stewart's Troop of Light Dragoons
To His Excellency Sir Henry CLINTON
K: B: General and Commander in
Chief of all His Majestys Forces
in North America &c &c &c
The Memorial of Lieutenant William STEWART of Provincial Light Dragoons-
That your Memorialist received an Order on the 9th of July 1777 from General HOWE to Enlist Twelve Men to be Mounted by Government and to serve on Staten Island as Expresses and Guides during the pleasure of the Commander in Chief, and were to be paid by the Quarter Master General at the rate of Four Shillings Currency per day, and their Rations -
About Five months after he received an Order from Br. Genl. CAMPBELL to compleat the Troop to 25 Men, which was immediately complied with, and the men were to continue in the same manner as the former-
On the first of November 1778 he received a Commission as Lieutenant Commandant of a Troop of Provl. Light Dragoons, as also an Order from Major General LESLIE to reduce the Troop to the number of Eighteen, and are so at present, Twelve of whom are Recruited to serve during the Rebellion as other Provincial Dragoons and have received their Bounty-
Your Memorialist prays your Excellency will be pleased to grant him pay as Lieutenant of Dragoons from the Date of his Commission-
As also permission to compleat his Troop to the same establishment of the other Troops of Provincial Light Dragoons.-
And your Memorialist as
New York 4th July
Lieut. STEWART has on several Occasions distinguished himself as a Gallant Officer. And is strongly recommended by Lord CORNWALLIS & Genl. MATTHEWS to His Excellency the Commander in Chief that his Troop maybe put on the same footing, as the rest of the Provincial Dragoons.
And in consequence of his good behaviour further recommends him that he may have permission to Complete his Troop to the Establishment of other Provincial Dragoons.
University of Michigan, William L. Clements Library, Sir Henry Clinton Papers, Volume 109, item 31.
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