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Recruitment of Troops in India
CO 77/26, ff. 10-11


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On a Supposition that Tippoo Sultaun is subdued, and peace established in India, it is presumed, that the following military Draughts may be completed from the Armies of the British Settlements in before March or April 1791.
Kings Regiments
No. Men Non Com[missione]d & Privates
Bengal
___
1
Regiment
___
802
Madras
___
2
d[itt]o
___
1,604
Bombay
___
1
d[itt]o
___
802
Total Reg[imen]ts
 
4
Infantry
___
3,208
Artillery
Bengal
___
1
Battalion
___
370
Lascars
Bengal
___
20
Companies
___
1,220
Madras
___
4
d[itt]o
___
244
Bombay
___
6
d[itt]o
___
366
         
1,830
Sepoys
Bengal  
2
Battalions   1,296
Madras  
2
d[itt]o   1,296
Bombay  
2
d[itt]o   1,296
         
3,888
Total
9,296

Should Tippoo however maintain his Ground another year, and the French join him; half of the Force above mentioned, is all that ought to be spared; and even that must depend upon the State of Affairs at the several Presidencies at the Time.
The foregoing Calculations do not include the European Commissioned Officers; and are formed on a supposition that the King's Regiments are completed to their present Establishments; and that the Sepoy Battalions and Lascar Companies are also completed to their present respective Establishments.
As it may be extremely difficult to get Two Battalions of Sepoys from each of the Settlements to embark on Board of Transports on Foreign Service; especially from the Presidencies of Bengal and Madras, notwithstanding the Sepoys at each of those Settlements amount to 23,760 including Officers, it may nevertheless be accomplished by giving good Encouragement to Volunteers for that purpose. If a Part of the Sepoys pay and Batta is regularly paid to their Wives and Families left behind them in India, and the most positive Assurances from the Governor and Council at each Presidency are made, that they will protect them during the Absence of their Husbands; there is little doubt, that the Number of Men wanted may be procured in a very short Time. The Bombay Sepoys in general embark very freely on any Service.
The Reason why so many Companies of Lascars are to be raised in Bengal, is, that Men of that Description are most readily to be had in the provinces of that Kingdom particularly at Chittagong; and from the Craft upon the River Ganges: About 3 years ago, I sent a Captain of the Madras Artillery to Chittagong, who brought for the Army under my Command 400 Men of the Lascar Cast: Men who were stout, active, and fit for any Service. If a few Artillery Officers from Madras, and Bengal were immediately ordered upon the recruiting service for such Men, with a small Encouragement to the Officers, proportioned to the Numbers they may raise, the Lascars wanted would be very soon embodied.
As the Detachment to be employed on the proposed foreign Service ought to rendezvous at Madras in the month of May 1791, the Draughts from Bengal and Bombay ought to be at Madras early in February; for after the 15th of February, the Passage of Ships to Madras from the Settlements of Bengal and Bombay is tedious and uncertain.
Arch[ibal]d Campbell

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