. 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 (DNB
; 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).
Cite web page as: Founding Families: Digital Editions of the Papers of the Winthrops and the Adamses, ed.C. James Taylor. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 2017.