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. Maj. Gen. Sir William Fawcett had been sent to Germany in 1775 on a special mission
to obtain troops from the various German princes and, in the case of Hesse-Cassel,
continued in that role until 1781 (
Repertorium der diplomatischen Vertreter aller Länder
, 3:156, 157, 164, 181). For agreements concluded by Fawcett, see Edmund Jenings to
, 18 March, note 7
(below). Ultimately, through the efforts of Fawcett and others, 29,166 German troops
went to America (Mackesy, War for America
, p. 62).