New York April 28th 1777
Agreeable to His Excellency’s Commands of yesterday I have the Honor to inclose a Return of the Officers &c. of my Department, and must at the same time request you will assure him that I shall pay due obedience to his order respecting the appointments none of which were made here until I had applied to him, & understood they were approved, as it was never my intention to entertain any additionals without Authority
Lt. Peter JOHNSON was recommended by me last Autumn to be a Capt. As will appear from my Return then made, which I understood was agreeable to His Excellency; NILLES was formerly a Serviceable Officer in the Department, who had fled to me, and was approved on my recommendation & LANGAN whom I had usefully employed to the Northward, was recommended in like manner.
These two are the only additionals. The few Rangers I engaged with the Generals Approbation, as I could have done many more but that I was unwilling to encrease Expences till they could be more usefully employed;
Officers are not to be had at an Exigence, and I am persuaded I have not too many, as will appear when the Indians can meet, an Event I so much wish for, and to which end they shall be employed as occasion requires in the way most conducive.
I hope to be honored with his Excellency’s Commands respecting the Indian Presents or any other matters that occur to which I shall pay the utmost deferrince and I have the Honor to be,
Robert MACKENZIE Esqr.
Great Britain, Public Record Office, Headquarters Papers of the British Army in America, PRO 30/55/505.
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