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Letter from Andrew Ward, Jun., to Governour Trumbull



Guilford, August 8, 1776.

HONOURED SIR: On receiving your Circular Letter yesterday afternoon, the Authority, Selectmen, Committee of Inspection, and Militia officers, immediately met, to consult what they could do more than they had already done towards promoting further inlistments, and were of opinion that there were but two methods which would effect their purpose: one by a subscription of money in addition to their premium; the other, if thirty or forty men would appear to join Captain Meigs' s company for a short term of three or four months, on the encouragement the State had offered to others in the same regiment. I told them I did not know but that would procure the men. But Captain Meigs' s orders were to inlist for one or two years; and whether it would be approved of by Governour Trumbull or Congress I know not. They desired I would request your Honour (if you thought it worth taking notice of) to give them your opinion. They further proposed the inlisting an Independent company, to go and join and do duty in any regiment thought best, as matters seemed so pressing at this critical time. They are warm in the glorious cause of liberty and their country, and will do everything in their power in compliance with your requisition.

I am, with the greatest respect, your Honour' s most obedient, humble servant,

To Governour Trumbull.