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Lord George Germain to General Howe



Whitehall, November 18, 1775.

SIR: Lieutenant-General Gage arrived here the 14th instant, and I have had the honour to lay before the King your despatches of the 5th and 9th of October.

It was a great satisfaction to me to receive, so early after my coming into office, your ideas of the plan of operations in the ensuing spring, and of the force necessary for carrying that plan into execution.

Every effort will be used to send you, as early as possible, the re-enforcement that will be wanted; and although our negotiation for foreign auxiliaries has not succeeded according to our expectations, and our recruits come in but slowly, yet I have no doubt that if we are not deceived in the propositions which have been made for raising some new corps, and the engagements which have been entered into for procuring levies in Germany, we shall enable you to take the field with an army of twenty thousand men.

Of the five Regiments which were under orders to sail from Cork for America, in the course of last month, the Seventeenth, Twenty-Seventh, and Fifty-Fifth, have proceeded upon their voyage; but the Twenty-Eighth and Forty-Sixth having been forced, by contrary winds, to put back, the King has thought fit to add them to the armament preparing for an expedition to the Southern Colonies; and I hope that, before the end of this month, the troops destined for that service will have been embarked.

All the advices which have been received of the state of the Southern Provinces, since tlie first idea of that expedition was taken up, lend to show the propriety of it, and to confirm us in our hopes that it will be attended with advantage and success; and I have no doubt that the whole or the greatest part of the Regiments, employed upon that occasion, will join the Army under your command much earlier, and in a better state for service, than if they were sent from hence in the spring.