Col. Chisholm of the Northumberland Militia to L. Governor Gore

To His Excellency Francis Gore Esquire, Lieutenant Governor of the Province of Upper Canada.

May it please your Excellency,

I have the honour to acknowledge the receipt of your Excellency’s orders of the 26th, the 29th. November last, I this day assembled the Militia of Northumberland from which I have formed the following Detachment, very readily without a Ballot, that is to say, Two Captains, two Lieutenants, two ensigns, three Sergeants, and Seventy Five Rank and file: The Officers are Captain Elias Jones and John Spencer, Lieutenant Joel Parker, and Zacheus Burnham, Ensigns Roger Woolcut and William H. Walbridge.

The Militia of Northumberland have never received any Arms from Government, and are destitute of any that are worth mentioning, I hope your Excellency will be pleased to give directions where I may obtain the necessary Arms, and Accoutrements for the Detachment who are to remain in readiness at an Hours Notice.

I beg leave to make a tender of my own Actual Service when your Excellency may think proper, and my Country requires it.

    I have the honour to be your Excellency’s most obedient and most humble servant,

                    Alexander Chisholm Of the County of Northumberland Cramahe 5th December 1807

To his Excellency, Francis Gore Esquire, Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada,  York

Source: National Archives RG 9C1-B-1 Northumberland 1807

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