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Newfoundland Volunteers
King's Approbation

Extract of a letter from Governor EDWARDS
to the Commanding Officer of His Majesty's
Troops at Saint Johns Newfoundland dated
3d April 1780.

His Lordship having likewise by Letter dated the 1st inst. signified me His Majesty's approbation of the Corps of Newfoundland Volunteers and that it is his Royal pleasure they should, when called upon Service, be allowed the same Pay and Rations of Provisions, and in every respect treated with the same indulgences as the Troops in Garrison.

I am to desire you will cause the same to be made publickly known to them, and assure them that no advantage will be taken of their entering into the said Corps, and signing the Articles Stipulated by me before I left the Country-

But on the contrary they will never be called upon but when their Country requires their Services;

their exertions in its defence shall be represented to His Majesty;

and I have it in Command from him, to assure them, they may rely on his generosity, for not suffering their Zeal and Loyalty to go unrewarded.

But as no advantage will be taken of their engagement, or attempts made to force them to become Soldiers, it is not judged reasonable to give them the Bounty paid to those who Enlist.


Great Britain, Public Record Office, Colonial Office, Class 194, Volume 35, folio 19.

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