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ing arrived at -, you will the amount of the militia, exclu. postpone the communication of sive of the supplementary quota. any further offers, until his majesty Upon the receipt of your lord. shall be pleased to signify his in- ship's answer to this letter, instructention to increase the volunteer tions will be given to the board of force in the county under your ordnance to send the arms, as soon lordship's charge.
as they can be prepared, to such I have the honour to be, &c. place within the riding as you (Signed)
Hobart. may point out, that they may be To his Majesty's Lieutenant
distributed under your lordship's of the County of
directions to the several corps, according to your lordship's discre
tion. Copy of a Letter from Lord Hobart,
'The discrimination which it will his Majesty's Principal Secretary become your lordship’s duty to of State, to Earl Fitzwilliam.
make in the distribution of the proDowning-street, Aug. 19.
portion of arms you will receive,
should be guided by a reference to My Lord,
the local situation of the corps reI have had the honour to receive quiring them. your lordship's letter of the 17th,
I have the honour to be, and I lose no time in acquainting My lord, your lordship’s you, that the printed regulations
most obedient for volunteer infantry, issued in
humble servant, June last, are not to be considered
HOBART. in any respect applicable to corps Earl Fitzwilliam, &c. &c. dc. accepted by his majesty since the date of my circular letter (the 3d) of August, restricting the allowances before given to volunteer corps of infantry, to the allowances
W Witchall, August 30. of 20s. for clothing, and Is. per
I have the honour to inform day for twenty days' exercise ; and your lordship that directions have to corps of cavalry, to the contin- been given to the board of ordgent allowance of 1201. per troop. nance to issue, immédiately on your
With respect to arms--I have lordship's application, such a proto request your lordship will in- portion of arms, in the first instance, form me what quantity will be ne-as, including those already delivercessary (in addition to those with ed or retained in the county of which the several corps can provide
wiil amount to one themselves, and to those already in of its quota of volunteers (calculatpossession of the yeomanry and ing their establishment at șix times volunteers), to complete the num- the number of the original militia) ber required for the several corps should your lordship find, upon inalready authorised by his majesty. vestigation, that so large a number
Your lordship will understand is actually necessary for the effecit to be the intention of govern- tive strength of such volunteers, ment, that the whole number of after making allowance for the volunteers, now proposed to be quantity of arms which the respecarmed, should not exceed six times tive corps may have provided, or 1803.
may be disposed to provide for your lordship with accurate rethemselves.
turns of the amount and descrip.. I must request that your lord- tion of the whole volunteer force ship will furnish me, without delay, in the county of I flatler with an accurate return of the myself that I shall be enabled in number and description of the due time to direct a further issue arms which have been so retained, for the use of such corps or conipadelivered, provided, or intended to nies as may remain unprovided. be provided, specifying in whose It is, however, considered to be hands they now are ; and that, in highly desirable that the several making your demand for arms, bodies of volunteers should in the you will be careful to distinguish present moment be encouraged, what proportion is necessary for under proper precautions, to supthe supply of cavalry and artillery; ply themselves. sabres and pistols being appropri I have the honour to be, ated for the use of the former, and My lord, your lordship's pikes for the latter.
most obedient I am also to inform your lord.
humble servant, ship that pikes sufficient to arm
(Signed) C. YORKE. the whole number of men serving The Lord-Lieutenant of the in the different volunteer corps of County of artillery will be delivered on your lordship's application, and specification of the number required;
CIRCULAR. and that a further supply of the same nature may be had to the full
Whitehall, August 30. extent of the wants of any other My Lord, corps, which may have been or A great number of letters hav. shall hereafter be formed, for ing been transferred to this office whose use this weapon may be pre- from the war department, and ferred.
many having since been received Your lordship will have the by this office from the lieutenants goodness to point out to the board of counties, respecting offers of voof ordnance, with precision, to lunteer corps or companies, which, what places and into whose charge from the extreme pressure of busithese arms shall be delivered ; and ness, there has not been yet time it is particularly requested that thoroughly to examine and consiyour lordship will take such pre- der; and being at the same time cautions as may be necessary, in solicitous to prevent any anxiety or communicating with the general dissatisfaction which might arise officer commanding in the district, among the . persons whose zeal to ensure that proper care is taken and loyalty have induced them to of them till delivered to the re- come forward upon the present ocspective corps ; and that the com- casion; I have the honour to acmander of each corps is duly made quaint your lordship, that his maresponsible for their safe custody, jesty is graciously disposed to acproper distribution, and accurate cept all the offers which have been re-delivery when called upon for recommended by your lordship, that purpose by regular authority. provided the total number of rank When I shall be favoured by and file, to be raised under them,
together with that of the corps and though it is much to be wished companies heretofore accepted and that in all cases they should be carestablished, does not in the whole ried, if possible, to sixty or eighty exceed the proportion of the coun-effectives per troop: and that two ty, as limited by lord Hobart's or more troops, wherever local cirletter of the 18th inst. and that cumstances will permit, should be such efforts do not militate against joined together, for the purposes of the regulations of the defence discipline and interior arrangeacts, and the general rules which ments. it has been or may be found expe
I take leave to make it my eardient to adopt.
nest request to your lordship that As soon as I shall be enabled to you will favour me, at your earliest examine with more particularity convenience, with an exact return the offers which have been trans- of the different corps- heretoforemitted by your lordship, I shall accepted, or which are now transhave the honour of communicating mitted for consideration, or which his majesty's special directions on you may hereafter think proper to the subject. In the mean time, I recommend for acceptance, speci. cannot omit this opportunity of in- fying the particulars of their estaforming your lordship, that it is blishment, according to a form clearly to be understood that, un. which you will receive herewith. der the genuine construction and I cannot sufficiently impress upon meaning of the late acts of parlia- you the necessity of furnishing me ment, all volunteer corps and com- with this document, with the least panies to be accepted subsequent possible delay, as great embarrasse to their passing, should be formed ment is found to arise from a want with reference to the general mili- of sufficient precision upon these tia system.
It follows that no points. company ought to consist of less Should it have happened that than sixty privates, and that no the number of persons who have body of infantry can be considered offered themselves, up to this peas a corps which consists of less riod, to serve in volunteer corps or than three such companies; and companies, has exceeded the prothat all smaller assemblages of vo portion limited in the first instance, lunteers, under the above-mention- by lord Hobart's circular letter of ed acts, within any county, parish, the 18th inst. for the county of or district, shall be thrown into
and should your lordindependent companies of not less ship be of opinion that it would than sixty nor more than one hun- contribute to the satisfaction of dred and twenty privates. The those who might by such limitaestablishment of field and company tion be prevented from manifesting officers, as well as of serjeants, cor- their zeal for the public service, I porals, and drummers, is to be have the honour to inform your fixed by the same rule.
lordship, that there will be no obIn the yeomanry cavalry, how. jection to a certain number of such ever, a different arrangement will persons, properly selected, being continue to prevail ; single troops attached to the accepted and estamay be accepted as corps, not blished corps, as supernumeraries, being less than forty rank and file, in such a proportion per troop or
company as shall be hereafter fixed bouring counties near the sea upon.
coast. It is, however, important, that I have the lionour to be, it should be clearly understood,
My lord, that no expense is to be incurred Your lordship’s most obedient by the public on account of the
humble servant, arms, pay, or clothing of such
(Signed) C. Yorke. supernumeraries; and that they will The Lord-Lieutenant of the not be considered as entitled to any County of exemptions from the militia, or other ballots.
I think it proper to take this Circular Letter to the General Officers opportunity of communicating his commanding Districts, sent to the majesty's commands to your lord
Lord-Lieutenants of Counties, with ship, that measures should be taken
a Request to take the earliest Op. without delay, in communication portunity of making the Arrangewith the general officer command
ment generully known. ing in the district, for fixing upon such general place or places of as
Horse-Guards, 17th Sept. 1803. sembly, for the different volunteer Sir, corps and established companies of The commander in chief feeling men within the county of , very strongly the necessity of mak. as may be deemed most expedient ing every possible exertion, with a in case of invasion, or the appear view to aid the instruction of the ance of the enemy in force upon yeomanry and volunteer corps, and the coast; and I am further com to bring them into a state of sermanded by his majesty to desirevice with as little delay as possible, your lordship, in communication has commanded me to signify his with the general of the district, to approbation of your calling upon distribute such provisional orders each regiment within your district, to such volunteer corps and esta- whether of regulars or militia, to blished companies of men as afore- furnish their quota to this imporsaid, with respect to their assem- tant duty, in the proportions you bling together, and moving upon may think proper, not exceeding in the general places of assembly, so any instance two serjeants and iwo to be fixed upon in the events corporals per regiment; and his above alluded to, as the nature of royal highness trusts that officers the case may appear to require. commanding regiments will be
Your lordship will likewise be very careful in selecting non-compleased, in communication with the missioned officers perfectly compegeneral officer commanding, to tent to the discharge of this essenmake such arrangements, if not al- tial service. ready done, respecting beacons, The regiments which are at this and other indications of alarm, as time forming second battalions, by may be thought necessary within receiving men from the army of the county of either with a reserve, are exempted from the view to the conveyance of intelli- operations of this order: and if gence upon points merely local, or there should be any corps within in connexion with the other neigh. your command, to which from par.
ticular circumstances the requisi- mands, that you do carnestly retion for this aid would be peculiarly commend it to the magistrates inconvenient, his royal highness de- within the county of
, to ensires you will use your discretion force the provisions of the alien in withholding the demand in such act of the last session, chap. 155, instances.
against all such aliens directed in It is his royal highness's further the said proclamation, as continue pleasure that recruiting, parties to reside within your county. shall likewise be employed on this duty, wherever you find it necessary to call for their assistance, and judge that it can be afforded without any material detriment to the
Ilorse-Guards, Oct. 13. service on which they are It is his majesty's command, ployed.
that all officers appointed to the 'I'he period for which the services battalions of the army of reserve, of these non-commissioned officers and to the second battalions of the are granted to the ycomanry and regiments of the line which have re. volunteer corps should be limited, ceived men from that corps, shall and in general his royal highness is forthwith join their respective regiof opinion that six weeks or two ments. His royal highness the months will be fully adequate to commander in chief will lay before the purpose.
his majesty the names of officers I have the honour to be, sir, belonging to these battalions, who Your most obedient humble shall not have joined before the 1st servant,
of next month (whose absence is Harry CALVERT, not satisfactorily accounted for
Adjutant-general. through their commanding offiTo the General Officers com
cers), in order that they may be ineinding Districts.
superseded. Officers on being appointed to any of the regiments
above mentioned, are required inCircular, sent by Mr. Secretary mediately to report themselves to
Yorke, to the Lord-Lieutenants of lieutenant-generaal Hewitt, at his Counties, duted October 5.
office, No. 6, Suvolk-street, Char
ing-cross, from whom they will reMy Lord,
ceive further inst: uctions. As there is reason to apprchend, By his royal Highness's comthat his majesty's proclamation of mand, the 31st of August, requiring the
HARRY CALVERT, aliens therein described to depart
Adjutant-general. the realm, within the period specified in the said proclamation, has been disobeyed in many instances, and that divers aliens of the description therein mentioned, still
Horse-Guards, Oct. 29, 1803. continue to reside in this country, His royal highness the comwithout having received licenses for mander in chief has received the that purpose ; I am to signify to king's commandi to convey to the your lordship his majesty's com- several volunteer and associated