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Royal Highland Emigrants
Montagu to Howe

Saint John’s Newfoundland
27th May 1776


I am honored with your Letter of the 19th Instant by Lieutenant BLISS of the Royal Highland Emigrants, who arrived here last Night.

I have this morning ordered him and his Company to be debarked, and to be received into the Garrison at Fort William.

Agreeable to your request I have ordered the Officer Commanding the Detachment of the 65th Regiment to embark to morrow morning on board the Sloop General Gage, and proceed to Halifax with all expedition.

Lieutenant BLISS has applied to me to have the Women and Children, that are come with his Company Victualled.

But as I cannot find that it has been the Custom to Victual the Women and Children belonging to the 65th or the Artillery in this Island; I have my doubts upon this matter, and beg you will inform and whether they are allowed such Victualling or not, I have the honor to be

Your Excellency’s
most Obedient Servant

His Excellency
     The Honble William HOWE
     Major General and Commander in Chief
     of His Majs. Land Forces in No. America

Provincial Archives of Newfoundland and Labrador, Colonial Secretary’s Office, Outgoing Correspondence, GN/2/1/A, Volume 6, page 74.

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