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Letter received from Major Hamilton


July 23, 1774. — Mr˙ Speaker laid before the House a Letter from Major Hamilton, Commanding Officer at the Barracks of this city, which was read by order, and is as follows:

Philadelphia, July 21, 1774.

SIR: I take the liberty to inform you, that his Majesty' s troops under my command stand much in need of the aid of the Legislature of this Province; their bedding, utensils, and apartments, require inspection and want repairs. I have had the pleasure of knowing this Barrack these seven years, and shall always be happy in declaring, that


no troops have been better supplied, nor any applications from commanding officers more politely attended to than here; from which I am encouraged to hope, that the House of Assembly will, during this sitting, order the necessary inspection, and afford such a supply as their generosity and judgment shall dictate. I have the honour to be, with great respect, your most obedient humble servant,

Major to his Majesty' s 18 th, or Royal Irish Regiment of Foot.

To the Honourable Joseph Galloway, Esq.

Upon consideration of the foregoing Letter,

Ordered, That Mr˙ Hillegas and Mr˙ Miles be a Committee to examine into the present condition of the said Barracks, and report thereon to the House at their next meeting.