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Circular letter from Thomas Robinson, Baron Grantham to the American governors
Grantham, Thomas Robinson, Baron, 1695-1770
January 23, 1755
Volume 05, Page 330

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[B. P. R. O. Am: & W. Ind: Vol. 74.]
Circular to the Governors in North America

Whitehall Janry 23d 1755.


The King, being determin'd that Nothing shall be wanting, towards the Support of his Colonies & Subjects in No America, has commanded me to signify to you His Majesty's Intention to augment the Regiments in British Pay (vizt not only Sir Peter Halkets, & Coll Dunbar's, but likewise Those, which are now employed in Nova Scotia,) to the Number of 1.000 Men, each; To which End, you will correspond with Major General Braddock, or the Commander of the King's Forces of the time being, from whom you will receive Directions for the sending such Contributions of Men, as shall be wanting, and to such Places where the same shall be quarter'd or employed, under his command.

As there is, probably a considerable Number of Persons, as well amongst the Natives of America, as among such Foreigners, who may be arrived their from different Parts, particularly from Germany, who will be capable and willing to bear Arms upon this Occasion; The King does not doubt, but that you will be able, by Care and Diligence, to effect this intended Augmentation and to defray the Charge of levying the Same from the Common Fund, To be established for the Benefit of all the Colonies collectively in No America, pursuant to His Majesty's Directions, signified to you, by my Letter of the 26th of October last, for that Purpose; and as an Encouragement to all such Persons who shall engage in this Service, it is the King's Intention (which you will assure Them in His Majesty's Name) That They shall receive Arms and Cloathing, at the King's Expence, and That They shall not only be sent back, (if desir'd) to their respective Habitations when the Service in America shall be compleated & ended, but shall be entitled, in every respect to the same Advantages with those Troops which may be already raised in consequence of your former Orders.

I am &c