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Newfoundland Volunteers
Germain to Edwards

[Extract of a letter from Lord George GERMAIN to Governor Richard EDWARDS of Newfoundland, dated Whitehall, 1 April 1780.]

"The Engagement entered into by the Corps of Volunteers to bear Arms and put themselves under Military Command to defend the Island in case of an Attack, renders them deserving of particular encouragement;

"and His Majesty is graciously pleased to consent to their having the same pay and allowance of Rations with the Regular Troops when called out upon Service, and that You do also assure them no advantage will be taken of their Engagement, or Attempt made to force them to become Soldiers, on which Account it is not judged reasonable to give them the bounty paid to those who inlist, or to clothe them as Troops;

"but, should the Island be attacked and they exert themselves as good and faithful Subjects they may rely upon His Majesty's Generosity for not suffering their Zeal and Loyalty to go unrewarded."

Great Britain, Public Record Office, Colonial Office, Class 194, Volume 35, folios 9-10.

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