end they shall fight for, answer to the king's upper
contentment, and your laudable endeavors, my Lord
, be granted by the most happiest issue.’
For a few months it was doubted if the prince of Waldeck
could make good his offers; for his land was already overtasked, as there were three Waldeck
regiments in the service of Holland
: the states of the principality had complained of the loss of its subjects; but the prince still pleaded such most disinterested zeal, and vowed so warm an attachment to the ‘incomparable monarch’ of Britain, that on the twentieth of April, the treaty with him was closed.
He had no way of getting troops except by force, or authority, or deceit; but the village ministers from the pulpit encouraged the enlistment; and it was thought that an effective regiment would soon be ready, provided in the formation of it ‘he should not be too tender of his own subjects.’
The conscripts were quieted by promises of great wealth: but to prevent their deserting, a corps of mounted forest chasseurs escorted them to Beverungen.
The ruling prince of the house of Anhalt Zerbst, brother to Catharine, then empress of Russia
, himself half crazed, living very rarely within his own dominions, keeping up sixteen recruiting stations outside of them, in a letter which from ‘the confusion in his style and in his expressions, could not be translated,’ made to England
the offer of a regiment of six hundred and twenty-seven men. He also wrote directly to George the Third; but his manner was so strange that the letter was not thought fit to be delivered.
During that year nothing came of his proposal.