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[266] were embarked; the first division of the Hessians did
Chap. LVII.}
clear the British channel till the tenth of May.

The transports were also very badly fitted up; the bedding furnished by the contractors was infamously scanty, their thin pillows being seven inches by five at most, and mattress, pillow, blanket, and rug, altogether hardly weighing seven pounds. The clothing of the Brunswick troops was old, and only patched up for the present; ‘the person who executed the commission’ for purchasing new shoes for them in England, sent ‘fine thin dancing pumps,’ and of these the greatest number were too small for use.

The treaty with the hereditary prince of Hesse Cassel, who was the ruler over Hanau, met with no obstacle. His eagerness and zeal were not to be described; he went in person round the different bailiwicks to choose the recruits that were wanted; and he accompanied his regiment as far as Frankfort on their way to Helvoetsluys. Conscious of the merit of all this devotion, he pressed for an additional special subsidy. Professing ostensibly to give an absolute refusal, lest he should wake up similar claims, Suffolk in fact prepared to grant the demand, or some equivalent, under an injunction of the most absolute secrecy. The prince's minister reiterated in his name a written promise of preserving a discretion without bounds. ‘My attachment and most humble respect to the best of kings, my generous protector and magnanimous support, removes all idea of interest in me,’ wrote the prince himself. He wished that all the officers and soldiers of his regiment might be animated with an attachment and zeal like his own; and attempting English, he wrote to Suffolk: ‘May the ’

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