ROYAL HIGHLAND EMIGRANTS
To GENL MASSEY.
Halifax 3d Jany 1777
I have peruse'd yesterday's orders with the Greatest atention, also my own conduct Since I had the honor of Serving under your command in this Place and nothing Could Give me Greater pleasure then to think it was allways agreeable to you - I am now at a lose to know what I have done to merit So publike & Severe a reprimand as not only myself, but the whole Regiment Got in Saide orders by Exposeing us to the whole Garrison when I am certain the lest hint from you would answer the Same ende - As for having an officer of the Day it has been alwis Done Since I had 20 men of the Regt. to get here and you know yourself Sir that our men and officers has been so Dispers'd so constantly employed at King's Work & toss'd about from one Barrack to anothere that I never Could have time to teach them any Part of their Duty or Diseplain and it cannot be Expected that new raised recruits will make Such a Show in Diseplain & Cleanlyness as any of those olde Regts who had nothing to Do Since last Warr but perfect themselves in every point of Duty, even if the officers & men had nothing eles to Do but to attende to Diseplain allone -
I waited on Mr Needham yesterday afternoon
that he might Show me the House intended for our men to Lodge
in he Showed me the House from his own and tolde
me it was not fitt for a Dog to Lodge in. Mr Needham's Good wine
& Hearty Wellcom prevented my Seeing
the house till this morning but Good God how was I Surprized
to think that Generall Massey
would order a Dog belonging to the armie to Lodge in Such a place however I know very well you never Saw it and when you will I am Sure you will not thank any man that would recomend it as a Barrack for Soldiers - The Sickliness of our men proceeded Undoubtedly from the Unwholesome Provisions on the Passage here, & their having had dirty bed Cloathing belonging to a Regiment from Brittain, for Many days after their Arrival here they were not Accomodated with barracks & the Weather being Cold & they naked, they Suffered Accordingly - Since their Arrival in this Garrison they have had Unsound bread made from the worst of damaged flour, & Yet more Spoilt in the baking by puting such Quantities of water in it as freezes in this weather, & forms lumps of heavy ice instead of tollerable Ammunition bread - Mr Butler may think cheap of this At present, but it may cast up to him where he little thinks.
Therefore it is No Wonder that men so tossed About & in every respect till now under Such disadvantages, should be Sickly, Yet they are not more So in proportion than others that have Come here for a Year & a half past, & No More than 28 are yet dead -You Sir can recollect how Many of your Grenadiers & others of the 27th died after they Arrived last Winter -When their Sickness is over, I hope to produce in the Spring a parcel of Men fit to Appear before Any General Officer, & I may with truth Say they are of our best Men, more highlanders, than others that are dead.
I should humbly think that to convey the Stores into the Grenadier fort will cost more than the rent of a Store.
If you will be good enough to let us keep as we Are until the Spring we will with pleasure, if permitted relieve Col Gorham's at Fort Cumberland, providing our like are Sent there - In that case we will engage to defend it Against all that will come, & Not trouble you With false Alarms or for reliefs Untill our better stars will call us out of this part, & put us on a footing with other troops so as not to be every one's football, more than others.
The Officer of the day enquired about the broken window & it was answered the Carpenters broke it one of Masons was within - our Men had not entered into the Possession of it, & how Soon the Carpenters were ready I intended to call for tools & level it Between the two Blocks.
To GENERAL MASSEY.
Halifax 5th Jany 1777.
Having been all the morning yesterday in the Barracks I only had the Honor of receiving your answere to my very extraordinary leter, as you are pleased to Call it, in the afternoon.
I have been 31 years in the Service and Knowing the consequences of not behaving respectfully to Commanders, I could not have meant offence in that leter and were rank out of the Question I never would Designedly think of Giving you reall offence - I meant that leter Most Humbly to represent the hardships of a reflection, which not allone in my opinion but in that of otheres the Garrison order in Question conveyed on me in particular and in Some Measure on the Rest of the officers under my command - This I thought no Crime far less calling you to an account and I hope it will be found that the leter contained nothing contrary to Duty and respect. Therefore if you Shall think proper to trouble the commander in Chiefe with it at present I beg leave to be excused from preventing it, at the expence of taking on me a guilt of which I hope he will finde me innsent - And to Save So much of the trouble I may furnish the Copy for Coll. McLean, so farr in regard to the order
The rest of the leter was only a fair representation of facts wh was Certainly my Duty to acquent you with as no body here can redress them but yourself
I am certainly one of the worst writters that ever put pen to paper and as I may by that means be guilty of Improprietys, I Did not think proper to ask any assistance from my friend lest I should Bring him to a scrape with myself but chose rathere to Sink or Sweem allone one thing I can Saie with truthe I never felt more unhapie then thus innosently to fall under your Displeasure.
TO MR. JOHN OGILVIE.
Halifax 8 Jany 1777
I wrott you Some time ago when Coll. McLean was here covering a bill for £305-6s-8d Sterg Drawn by Messrs Apthorp & D Chaimier on the Right Honlr Thomas Harley & Henry Drumond Esq, in favour of Robert Mackenzie Esqr payable to me or my order and having no oportunity of a man of warr and it being so Dangerous to trust merchantmen I Dont think it proper to Sende the 2d till I hear from you of the fate of the first.
As I am at So Great a Distance from Genll Hows armie, I Can not Give you So Certain an acount as you Shall have at home, only the last acounts he had totally Dispers'd the rebells about New York and was on his way to Philadelphia, and we hope by this time the Rebellion is at an Ende.
I wrott you once or twise last year with leters Directed to Archd McDonald Esqr the Brothere of Sir Alexr McDonald & Counceller at law whithere he received them or not I had no answer from him, which Surprizes me if he got them, I shall be much oblidged if you let me know if you received them or no? and how matters are like to ende in regard to our Regt or whithere or not we are Establish'd Capt Murdoch McLean is here and very well he will no doubt writt you by this oportunity wishing you a hapy new year and to hear Good News, from you I am Sir
Your Very Humble Servt A. McD.
To PEDRO DE MENDONZO.
Halifax 11th Jany 1776 (1777)
Soon after your Departure from us on Statten Island I was forced to leave my family Wife & Children at that Place & join the Army at Boston under the Command of General Gage. This I was forced to do rather than to turn Rebel & traytor to my King & Country or run the risque of Suffering many cruel treatments & Insults from a Merciless cruel ignorant & misled Rabble. However after an absence of Sixteen Months from my family I joined them about the 10th of August last, when I had the pleasure of finding them alive & in good health Tho'e Mrs McDonald had rec' a vast many insults & abuses As far as words & Language & Quartering the Villains in her house could do But she behaved with an Uncommon degree of Courage & even went so far as when they cursed the King she cursed the Congress to their faces & I had the pleasure of Seeing them Since well drubed Almost in Sight of my own house & after that being totally dispersed so far that the Rebellion is looked upon to be Settled I was order'd here Summer last was a year to the Command a Battalion of a New Regim't, wch is now over & above Complete & Consists of fine Clever fellows for Offirs who loves a drink of good Madeira & If you will be So kind as to send me three or four pipes of the very best Madeira that the Island ever produced I shall Send you good Bills of Exchange in Return & if I had an hundred pipes last Summer I could have sold them for Bills of Exge at a good price Amongst my brother offirs of the Army. I left New York the Latter End of October last & brought Mrs McDonald & the Whole family here how long we are to be Stationed in this place God only knows We are sure to remain till May next & Mrs McDonald will be much obliged to you if you'll send her one or two Boxes Citron & a ten Gallon Keg of the very best Malmasea Wine - All these things I shou'd be glad were Sent in one of his Majesty's Ships of War As I Suppose you will have an Opportunity of Seeing a Great Many of them there.
After the affairs of America are Settled there will be no less than Thirty thousand troops left in thisCountry wch Will Consume a vast Quantity of Madeira & I hope to have it in My power to Serve my friends more than ever. Give my kind Compts to Signior Pedro jorge Muntero & tell him I dont despair of Settling Matters to his entire Satisfaction about the whole Concern. Give my kind love to Madam Corbalo & all your family & believe me to be with much Esteem Dr Sir
To Pedro de Mendonzo
To COL. McLEAN.
Halifax 13th Jany 1777
Since my last of the 17th Ulto Nothing Extraordinary has happened only some of our Men dying of wch the inclosed Monthly Return will give you the Accot & a Gentleman Volunteer & ten Recruits that had been sent here by Lt Bliss from Newfoundland here going to Head Quarters Also Ensign Hamilton who has Got Genel Massy's leave to go to Head Quarters I suppose to see if he can get into an old Regimt & I wd wish to God your Next Letters would bring Orders for the Whole to join you at New York. I understand Genl Massy Expects to leave this in the Spring he Seemed to throw out some Hints that you would be a very fit Officer to Command in this province As I suppose a proposal of this kind would not be agreeable to you I give you this early Notice to guard against anything of the kind. If the Rebels are Subdued as I hope they are by this time I dont know any occasion for Troops here at all at least any more than Col. Gorehams Regt &. Governor Legges wch two Corps amounts to about One hundred & fifty men. After all the Great Hurry & terror that this province was put in By the Invasion from New England it Appears now from the Information of four prisoners that was brot here from Windsor by Cape Murdoch McLean & his Company who declares there were only thirty Ragged Rascalls from New England & ten wretched Indians that enterred the province of Nova Scotia & put them into such Terror & Confusion altho' indeed the Reports from Cumberland made 14 or fifteen hundred strong; that I suppose you may have heard before you left this place however the Whole is subsided now & there is nothing here but peace & quietness I wd wish to God we were once together in some place or other that the affairs of the Regimt Might be Settled Captn Murdch McLean sent me an Accot Amountg to £373 & odd Shillings for his Subsistce Arrears proportion of non Effective Lodging money from the date of his Commission Batt Money & Extra Expences on the Road to Windsor &c. But as the most of that is intirely out of my way I shall only pay him wt I have recd for him the rest he must wait for till he sees you As the Clearest Method will be you Charge Government with the full establishmt of the Regiment from the beginning & Give Government Credit for wt Money has been received here & there and everywhere & little with the Officers afterwards at your Leisure I shall have along Contingent Accot to Send to Head Qrs if General Massy does not order it to be pd here Mr Turner the Pay Mastr Gen! here wants to Stopp all the Rations out of the Next Pay Bill wch Cannot be done by Any Means unless you send me a Warrant to receive the Amount of that Accot wch I gave you for Cloathing As I have no other fund to pay the Merchants but out of the Ration Money. I have been Making a great Bustle here about the Mens Bread both on accot of the two pounds they are served less here than the rest of the Army Your Accot of the bad flour that has been a long time issued out & by Dr Boyds Report to me says it was rank Poison in Consequence of My Complaint Genl Massy has ordered a Survey & Some provisions has been Condemned. Mr Butler Consents to Seven pounds of Flour but in order to Baffle all my Endeavors & Counteract all I do, a Combination Is formed Among all the Bakers in town Not to Bake for us under a Sixpence pr Week for each man & if I had any Good Bakers in the Regimt I Wd go to the Expense of Building an oven & every other necessary rather than they should get the better of me. However if we gain No other of
General Massy also ordered that I shou'd appoint Some Officers of the Regiment to meet the Contractors in order to enquire into the Reason of my Complaint, Accordingly I ordered Captns Murdh McLean, Jno McDonald & the Quarter Master Giving them Instructions to know the Reason Why the Garrison of Halifax should be served 2 pounds of bread less than the troops in any other part of America when they were willing to pay the same price for Baking their bread As the rest of the troops in other parts do Why the Quality of the Flour was worse & why the price of baking was almost four times higher than it is in any other part of the Continent for you must know that a Combination was formed between the Bakers & Contractors in Case we Should receive our flour, that they wd not bake for less than 6d pr Week for every Soldier in place of a penny or thrice hap'pence At most that is paid all over the Country
Mr Butler made Answer to the first Question that he had a Tryal with Genl Lieslie Some years ago, about this Very same affair wch was brot so farr as to Oppinion laid before the Treasury who passed their Oppinion the Contractor had it at his Option to give Seven pounds of bread or Seven pounds of flour as he pleased & for that Reason & it being the only perquisite he had for being a Contractor he wd not depart from it. In regard to the bad Quality of the Flour it was Allowed & the Contractor sayd it was the Manufacturers fault in England & as for the Bakers Answer was made that they were not forced to bake if they did not receive their own price of Baking in Short they were at Liberty to Make their own price & after all my Struggles for doing justice to the Soldiers All the Satisfaction I recd was that the Bread is somewhat better than heretofore I'm Dr Coll
TO MR. JOHN OGILVIE.,
Halifax 19th January 1777
The Above is a Copy of Mine of the 8th Curt Sent by Mr Cochran a Merchant of this Town Since wch there is nothing Extraordinary Happened we are at such a distce from Head Quarters that you have as a great Chance of hearing from General Howe's proceedings as Soon if not Sooner than we do.
I have always Acted as paymr for this Battn Since twenty of them were to gether Captn McKenzie the General's Secretary always looked upon himself as our Agent & never allowed me to draw a farthing but the Real Subsistce of the Men & Officers that were really present & passed Muster Not a farthing for non effectives or Warrant Men But I suppose Colonel McLean will Settle Matters in another way As I Advised him in the last Letters I wrote him to Charge for, the full Establishment of his own Regimt from the date of his Commission & Give Credit for what Money has been recd from first to last At least to some particular period in wch Case he will have it in his power to Settle Matters with his officers at his leisure & put every thing to rights. I think I know every thing A paymr Ought to know but in Case there may some little things wherein I may be short I wd be glad you wd Advise me concerning distributions & every other Method that is Consistent with the duty of a paymaster wch I know you are fully Acquainted with. I am to Write to Dr Wm Hagard now Wine Merchant at Leith to send me a hhd of his very best Claret. If he should draw on you for the price of it I should be glad you wd Answer it indeed every thing is so confounded dear & Extravagant in this place that I wd be much Obliged to you for sending me a Box of the Very best Green Tea & three or four hundred weights of Good loaf Sugar the one half Single & the other double refined A piece of Black Sattin for a Neglishee & petticoat for my wife who is a pretty lusty Woman. These are to be Carefully packed up Directed for me to the Care of Mr Thomas Cochran Merchant at Halifax. I ask your pardon for giving you this Trouble & believe me to be Sir
To DR. Wm. HAGARD.
Halifax 19th Jany 1777
My DR Wm
I wd do myself the pleasure to Correspond with you Oftner had I any thing interesting or Entertaining to communicate to you in Regard to the proceedings in America the Public News will acquaint you as well as I can. By the last Accots we had from head Qrs the Rebels were totally dispersed I hope by this time the Whole Country is disarmed in Regard to myself I was obliged to leave my wife & family the 1st day of June 1775 on Statten Island where I had lived for two Years I was busy for Six or Seven Months before Engaging Men with all the privacy immaginable all over the Country for this New Regiment of ours & had the Rebels discovered it They wd not have thought any death or punishment too Severe for me. However I made my Escape on board of a man of War & joined the Army at Boston from Whence I was order'd here by Genl Gage to take the Command of all the recruiting parties from Newfoundland & all other places where we could Shew our Faces. Great Numbers of the people that I ingaged in the province of New York Made their escape on board of Men of War & joined me here Others were discovered imprison'd & very ill treated by the Rebels Some were absolutely obliged to pretend to be friends Carry Arms & join the Rebel Army till they had an Opportunity of joining his Majestys forces, and in Spight of all Dificultys we have the Battalion now under my command over & above Compleat after Genl How and the armie went from here last June for New York I obtain'd leave from Genll Massey to follow the armie to know whithere my wife and Chielderen were all alive or Destroyed by the rebells as I had Sixteen Months absent from them. I found them all well after being much abuse'd & Distressed by the Villain's Mrs McDonald behave'd with uncommon resollusion & her own relations the Livingstons were her Greatest enemie They were Greatly Disappointed that I Should not accept of a command in their armie as Montgomery & others Did Some Villains of half pay officers & after all here is a Generall pardon offer'd without Exception in Lord How's proclamation, how we are to be rewarded for our Attachment & Loyaltie forsaking & leaving to the mercy of a Brutall Savage enemie our wieves Chielderen Houses lands & every thing that was Dear to us if those Villains who had been the promoters of this unaturall rebellion are restored to their Estates which ought to be the reward of our Phidellity & they Drove to the woods, to Cultivate new lands
I Don't mean to reflect on the wise conduct of Administration I Darr Saie they are every thing for the Best & has Som thing in View for their brave friendes
- What in the name of God has the Highlanders been Guilty of in the year 45 they acted from principles of honor they thought themselves right th'o they were certainly in the wrong, they Did not aime at the totall Destruction & Subversion of the constitution like the Americans for they not only mean'd to be independant States, but to Give laws not only to Britain but to all Europe however I hope they will be disappointed & that all true Brittains will Spend their lives & fortunes Sooner than Suffer the Offspring of these Transports & Goalbirds to get the Better of them but I shall say no more about Politicks Send me a hhd of your very best Claret by the Surest & Speediest Opportunity you can think of You may draw for the Value on Mr Jno Ogilvie at Mr Ross's Conduit Street London it May not be amiss to Case it
To CAPT. ROBERT McKENZIE.
Halifax 25th January 1777
I would have sent you a Copy of all the Accots when I had the pleasure of Writing you last if I did not think it was needless trouble As I Gave Col. McLean the whole Amount. & I thought the Copies I gave to Captn Wade were sent by every Opportunity To Convince you it was my Intention at that time. I send you now the Copy that was drawn out of the Books & wch is ever Since laid Carelessly by Adding to it the Difft Bills that were drawn Since & if Ginl Massy will think proper to grant me a Warrant, will Send you the Abstract ending the 25th April As I am Apprehensive that you & Col. McLean are to Come to a final Settlement for the whole Establishment of the Regiment Warrant Men Non Effectives &c &c. &c - for wch I ought to have drawn all along but was Timorous of drawing more than the Real Effectives. You See we have a Great many more than our first Establishmt Of 53 Rank and File But I hope by this time there will be 4 Companies added to our Regiment & that Col McLean & Major Small will have men enough by this time to Complete them Such as may be depended upon for their Loyalty & Fidelity & were Willing to join us long eer now if they cou'd Come at us - such I know there is a Sufft Number in the province of New York If this Should take place I hope his Excellency Genl Howe will appoint another Major to our Regimt in wch Case if Long & faithful Services has any Merit I think Myself the first intitled to it & I am sure there are few has Suffer'd more on Accot of their Loyalty than I have & if these troubles are Settled as I hope they will be soon before I Meet with any Step of preferrment its likely I may live & die in the Situation I am in however I am not without hopes from his Excellency Genl Howe's just & honorable Intentions of serving every one according to their Merits & Services that I will not be totally Neglected. My Hopes & dependance are Entirely upon his Excellency's Goodness & your kind friendship to keep his Excellency in Remembrance of me
We have nothing new to Transmit from this Corner Since the Noise about Fort Cumberland has turned out to be a Meer Phantom The Prisoners that were brot down having declared that there we're only a Banditti of fifty Rascals from New Hampshire & ten wretched Indians wt Number joined them in this province Cannot be Assertained the Country people denies there were any. But that I am sure is a falsehood As they are in Genl as Great Rebels as any in New Hampshire. I am happy to hear that Mr Lee is in Custody & I will be still happier to hear in the Next Accots from New York that he has been Tryed as a Deserter Condemned & hang'd Wishing you all Manner of Success & happiness I remain Sir Yr Obt & very humble Servt.
General Massy will not Sign the Warrt for the Muster Ending the 25 April till the 24th Febry when it becomes due wch is about five or Six and Twenty days from this date. As It only depends upon the Number we bring or Entertain in that time, the difference could not be any Ways Matterial however I will send you a Copy of it unsigned to shew you the Sum As I think in case of a Settlemt with Colo McLean it wd be very Necessary for you to See it
I wish you wd be So good As give Directions to Mr Turner, to Give up my Note of hand for that fifty pounds wch Lieut Neil McLean got for the purpose of Raising men for our Regiment wch he Never did Nor Never Accounted for the Money & I want a Warrant for the Money that was Advanced for the Cloathing last Year of wch I gave a particular Accot to Colo McLeane Agreeable to the Merchants's Accots & by the next Oppunity I Shall Send you a Contingent Accot In case Genl Massy Shou'd have no Orders to pay it here. I know it has been Always customary Where no Genl officer Commanded to send them to Head Quartrs But whether Gen' Massy can issue or not issue Warrants for the above I know not I am ut Supra
TO MR. REILEY.
Halifax 25th Jany 1777
The Hurry & Confusion I was in leaving Statten Island & the Business that you was engaged in at that time prevented my Settling Matters with you in the Way I should wish. The acco't that Mrs McDonald gives me of your friendship & attachment to her in my Absence lays me under the greatest obligations to you & you may depend upon it I shall not be wanting to return yr Civilities, in the Mean time I Send you inclosed a power of attorney to Act for me in my stead in the Managemt of my property upon Statten Island & to turn it as much to yr own & my advantage as you shall think fit Relying entirely on your Honor & Candor in the Management of all & it is my desire that You turn that Ingrateful Monster Decker out of the house & if you chuse to live in it yourself or place any body you please therein You may Act at pleasure first Securing as much of his property as will Sufficiently fulfill his Engagemts I call him Decker ungrateful because I was the best friend he had upon Earth & because he behaved unbecoming in my absence he has no Accots to advance against me or the family but what were pd long before I left that place therefore pay no regard to any Accot he may bring agst me
I am Sorry Your Mother in Law Mrs Gruisbeg Was idle enough to take Congress Money for the Mortgage She had upon her place but as it was a lawless force I hope She will be able Recover any Damages She may Sustain by it.
If you happen to See Mr Alexr McDonald of Princetown tell him I wd have wrote to him oft if I knew when or where my Letters would find him But in the Mean time to make himself easy As I hope his affairs will be Settled Soon to his entire Satisfaction. You May also tell the Same to Cap tn Wm McLeod & that I have wrote to him Several Letters Since I thought he was at Liberty to receive them to wch I recd no answer
If an Opportunity shall offer I wd be glad you wd send me three or four Barrells of Superfine flour directed for Captn Alexr McDonald of the Royal Highland Emigrants. Any Cap. of a Man of War or Transport will take them on board Coming for this place. I am Sorry to hear an Acct of Poor Jas Duff's death in one of the New York papers please make my Complimts & Mrs McDonald's to Mrs Reiley Mrs Duffy Mr Charlton & all the rest of our Good friends on Statten Island and believe me to be Dr Reiley
Your Sincere friend
[To ALEXANDER McDONALD.]
Halifax 25th Jany 1777
My Dr SANDY.
I Expected you wd be at Leisure to let me hear from you e'er now with a particular Accot of all the Transactions since last I saw you wch you may easily believe wdd be very Satisfactory. As we are full of Concern and Anxiety for your whole proceedings I wd be also Glad to know what you have done with the house I left in your Care. I hope you will be able to get a very high Rent for it as I understand the Town Begins to fill very fast. Your friends here are all very well & desires to be remembered to you & am My Dr Sandy
Your most Obt and
[To DONALD McLEAN.]
Halifax, 25th Jany 1777.
You cannot immagine how happy I am to learn from your own Advertisement in the New York papers that you are relieved from your Captivity as you call it & once more restored to your own habitation & business & I hope your friends in the Army & Navy will in some measure make up for your Great Sufferings & losses. You cannot immagine how disappointed I was when at York in not having the pleasure to see you & how grieved to hear the Mal-treatment you met with. After the Battle of Brookline I saw 70 or 80 Rascals Called Officers prisoners in flat Bush Church Among whom was one Guilliland who was Clerk to Mr. Hake But did not know at the time tho' I heard it afterwds that he was one of those who assisted to teach you the Method of Riding upon a Raile & Such other Manly Exercises as breaking your head &ca. Had I known it at the time I wd be very ready to put the Dirk in him As a Reward for his kind treatment to my friend. Mrs. McDonald as well as I are extremely glad to hear of your safe Return She desires to be most kindly remembered to you. We're all (thank God) very well as are all your friends of our Corps who likewise desires to be kindly remembered to you. If the Hurry of Business can permit I shall be extremely happy to hear from you. Coll McLean can inform you of our destination Next Summer. My kind Compliments to all friends & am Dr Donald
To MAJOR SMALL.
Halifax 25th Jany 1777.
As I write to Col McLane Everything I Wanted to Communicate to him or you looking as writing to one to be the Same as Writing to the other I have little more to say than what I have already wrote to him only that Since Writing to the Col. an order has come from Captn Robert McKenzie his Excellencys Secretar to furnish him wth an Accot of wt Money has been paid in this Garrison by Genl Massys Warrants. Accordingly I send by this Opportunity to him an Accot of all the Money I recd from the Beginning by me for the Use of the Regimt Either as Levy Money or Subsistce to the Muster Ending 23d February inclusive 1777 And as I app'hend from this Order that Colo McLeane & you wants to have a final Settlement for the two Battallions for the Full Establishment from the Beginning to some particular period I send Captn McKenzie a Copy of the Muster or Abstract Ending the 25th Apl 1777 Unsigned as Genl Massy wd not grant a Warrant for the Money till the 23d of next february when the Money becomes due altho' the Difference can't be but trifling depending only upon the Numbers that we may bury or entertain in the Course of twenty eight or thirty days the Amount of the Whole ending 23d Febry 1777 £9328: 3 : 6d I say Nine Thousand three hundred twenty eight pounds three Shills & Sixpence & the Muster Commencing the 24th Febry & Ending the 25th Apl 1777 both days inclusive is £1442: 6: 0 1/2 I say One thousand four hundred forty two pounds Six Shillings & a half penny. This is the Sum total of the Acco't Transmitted to Captn McKenzie As mentioned above Errors Excepted. It wd be Needless to trouble you with a Copy of the Accot I send to Captn McKenzie As you shall have the perusal of his & as you may at any time have an Exact Copy transcribed from my Books.
The Warrant men for the Commanding offr Agent & the Widow's fund Also the Non Effectives & poundage Money You know yourself you never gave me any Orders to draw for & I will soon make out a Contingent Accot for which if Genl Massy will not grant a Warrant to pay it here will send to Head Quarters. We shall have a large Hospital Accot &c. - I wish to hear soon from you and the Colo & let me know how our fate & destiny for the Ensuing Year & whether or not ye have got four Companies more added to our Regimt It wd please me much to hear that Colo McLean was full Colo Yourself a Lieut. Colo. & myself a Second Major. I think after 31 years Service I need Not be ashamed to wish for that. I hope by this time Our worthy friends that had the Misfortune of being Prisoners are with you, if so please to present my humble respects to all of them & friends. I wish to God we were once together, for till then we need never expect to make anything of a figure as a Corps. Sueky & the Children are very well only of late she begins to throw up her Breakfast but hope it will not be attended with any Dangerous Consequences. She desires her kind love to You & believe me to be Dr Major, Yr
To COL. McLEAN.
Halifax 26th Jany 1777.
My Dear Colo
I Send you inclosed a Copy of a Monthly Return as it was Given in the st January Inst I hope you will find very just if the Number of prisoners with the Rebels are so. You must observe we are formed into ten Companies Vizt Major Smalls Major McDonald's Captn Alexr. McDonalds, Captn. Duncan Campbell's Captn. Rond. McKinon's Captn. Murdoch McLeans Captn. Alexr Campbells Captn. Jno McDonald's Captn. Allan McDonalds and a Vacant Company whose Captain we do not know in the Situation of Affairs it is impossible to Account for the Men and Offrs of the above Companies so Exact as I would Chuse & You would have it But it is as exact as I can possibly make it & I am pretty well Convinced I draw for 72 Men less than our present Strength agreeable to the Returns allowing for 30 Contingent Men of wch I beg you will take notice in the Settlement of yr. Accots. Earnestly Wishing for your directions & Instructions I am Dr. Colo
In Case of an Augmentation of Companies the Gentlemen here Expect to be Considered According to their Ranks & Services.