An interesting excerpt from a letter written by Governor General Haldimand to General Henry Clinton in New York dated 2nd November 1779:
“The German troops which compose my force, three British Regiments excepted, are in every respect unfit for the service in which I have to employ them: they are inactive, insolent…and so addicted to deserting that I dare not trust them in any of the frontier posts, so that in fact they are more an encumbrance where there is a scarcity of provisions, than an additional strength.”
Though I wonder if he would be complaining so harshly if he only had the three British regiments with which to defend a border stretching from Quebec to the Ohio and beyond.
Source: Library of Congress, Correspondence between Sir Henry Clinton and General Haldimand, Quebec, American War: British War Office Records
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