11 May 1997 alan.hewat@gmail.com

Andrew Hewat - Wright commissions Andrew

The 29 May 1779 Commission from James Wright to Andrew Hewat as a captain in the Georgia Loyalists courtesy of Victoria Dunlop.

By virtue of the authority delivered to me by Sir Henry Clinton Knight of the Bath, Commander in Chief of his Majesty's Forces in North America, to raise a Regiment of able bodied men to be composed of Thirty Sergeants, Thirty Corporals, Ten Drummers and Five Hundred Privates divided into Ten Companys. Each Company consisting of one Captain, one Ensign, Three Sergeants, Three Corporals, one Drummer and Fifty Privates, who will engage to carry arms under my Command subject to the orders of the Commander in Chief of his Majesty's Forces in North America. For two years, or during if required the present Rebellion in North America, to receive the same pay and be under the same discipline as his Majesty's Regular Troops.

By virtue of the said Authority, I do nominate and appoint you Andrew Hewat Esqr., and you are hereby nominated and appointed to the Command of a Company in the said Regiment to be called the Georgia Loyalists.

And as your appointment by Commission will depend upon your success in Recruting, you are hereby instructed to raise the number of Thirty Men to entitle you thereto. And it is to be made known to you that your pay will not commence until half the above number is raised and brought to the Rendezvous at Savannah or Ebenzer.

All Officers Civil and Military and others his Majesty's Liege Subjects are hereby required by virtue of the said authority, to be aiding and assisting unto you and all concerned in the Execution of the above service for which this shall be to you and them a sufficient warrant.

Given under my hand and seal in Savannah the 29th of May 1779.

James Wright
Majr. Commandt. Geo. Loyts.

To: Andrew Hewat Esqr.

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