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Kemble to Ross & Gray, 1780

Kingston Jamaica Jany. 25th 1780.


I have the honor to acquaint you that I arrived on this Island on the 9th and have taken upon me the Command of the 1st Battn. 60th Regiment.

Captain PHILLIPS who did Command the Battalion has delivered me several setts of Beating Orders for the Additional Officers, which confine them to Recruits in America only, the impossibility of getting men just now on the Continent, need not be explained to you; and the very few we may accidently get in the Island, are hardly worth the acceptance;

we are losing Men daily; and unless we have some other support, than what we are like to derive from our own Exertions in Recruiting in this Country, we may bear the name of a Battn. but thatís all.

I have the honor to be
Gentn. Your most Obedt. servt.
(signed) Stepn. KEMBLE

Messrs ROSS & GRAY

Great Britain, Public Record Office, War Office, Class 34, Volume 161, folio 204.

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