§ Mr. Elliot
rose to call the attention of the house to a particular circumstance in the papers laid upon the table in consequence of a motion of a right hon. friend of his (Mr. Windham.) The numbers said to be recruited in a certain period were stated to he 503. But 396 boys were also mentioned. He wished to know, from the sec. 259 at war, whether these 396 boys were an addition to the 503, or were included in them?
The Secretary at War
said, that the letter of service was very long. He held an abstract of it in his hand, which, though not come from the war office, and, therefore, not strictly official, he intended to lay before the 'house. But if the hon. gent. wished for the whole of the letter of service, he should endeavour to get it ready as soon as possible.
§ Mr. Windham
thought that the spirit of his hon. friend's inquiry rendered it proper that the official and regular letter should be produced.—Agreed to.