Jamaica July the 30th 1780
I am happy in congratulating Your Excellency on the glorious Success of his Majesty's arms in the reduction of Charlestown and the prospect thereby offer'd of reducing to their allegiance two Provinces of so great a value to Great Britain.
The Prisoners, which by that means, have fallen into your hands being many of them British, Irish & Germans, I have approved the plan proposed by Lieut: Col: PREVOST commanding the 1st Battalion 60th Regimt. to endeavour to procure from amongst them the number wanted to complete that Battalion, men already accustomed to arms & the heats of Southern climates, giving the most favourable prospect of this proving essentially useful to the King's Service.
I cannot refuse to add my request to his that the recruiting party which he sends on that Service may meet with the necessary encouragement to Succeed in the Same.
The difference of Service on which they are likely to be employed, gives every reason to hope that great advantage will attend that measure & I shall be particularly happy to find that it meets with your approbation.
I have the honor to be with Very great esteem & regard
University of Michigan, William L. Clements Library, Sir Henry Clinton Papers, Volume 113, item 39.
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