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Westchester Chasseurs
Tryon to Germain

Extract of a letter from Governor William TRYON to Lord George GERMAIN, dated King's Bridge Camp, 3d October 1777-

"By Sr. Wm. HOWE's permission and Sr. Henry CLINTONs approbation, I have raised a Troop of Light Horse from the Westchester Militia to consist of Fifty Private Men to serve during the Campaign.

They are Cantooned between our Lines and the Rebels at White Plains, and have taken up several Deserters, for which I give them a Guinea for each Man- which checks the Evil spirit of Desertion.

This Troop is truly the Elite of the County, and their Captain Mr. James DeLANCY, who is also Colonel of the Militia for Westchester County.

I have much confidence in them, for their spirited behaviour."

Great Britain, Public Record Office, Colonial Office, Class 5, Volume 1108, folios 159-160.

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