War Office 20th Feby 1777


I have the honor to acquaint you that His Majesty has been pleased to direct that the Officers who are to take Charge of the Parties on board the several Transports with Recruits for Sr Mm Howe's Army, as also on board the Transports which carry out the Remount Horses for the 16th and 17th Regiments of Light Dragoons shall report to you, and be under your Command until [sic] their Arrival in North America.

The Parties embark this Week from Chatham; of which I apprise you that you may be in perfect readiness to meet the transports at Ports­mouth, and take upon the said Command [.]


Lieut. Colonel Blunt                                                   I have the hon[or] to be

of the King's Own Regiment                                                Sir &c



Source: P.R.O., W.O. 4/99, #145. Microfilm Collection of the David Library of the American Revolution. Transcribed by Gilbert Riddle.