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King's Orange Rangers
DeWint to Tryon

To His Excellency Major Genl. TRYON


I have now the honor to represent to Your Excellency the Unhappy situation of this Regiment, with regard to the Small Pox, which Disorder is raging to a most Violent and mortal degree, and of course will spread over the whole Provincial Line unless timely prevented-

As there are a large number particularly in this Regimt. who have not had it, and desirous of having it by Innoculation, as that in all probability will decreas the mortality, I beg your Excellency will direct me how to proceed as to this Regiment-

The Surgeon represents to me that from their living so long on Salt provisions, their Blood must undoubtly be in a very Corrupted State and from thence unless prepared by Innoculation the disorder must prove fatal to many-

The Surgeon further adds that he can prepare them in the Barracks, and send them down to the General Hospital before the Fever comes on without danger.

I have the honor to be
Your Excellencys
most obt. huml. Servt.
Major K.O.Rangers

Fort Knyphausen January 7th 1778

University of Michigan, William L. Clements Library, Sir Henry Clinton Papers, Volume 30, item 6.

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