[British Army]. Establishments of His Majesty's Land Forces 1765.

No place, [ca. 1765].

8vo. English manuscript on paper. (2), 34 (switching between foliation and pagination on the last 10 leaves), (1) ff. With a slip of paper attached to folio 11. Contemporary full red morocco with giltstamped border and spine. All edges gilt.


Precisely drawn tables filled out in meticulous handwriting, listing forces in Britain and overseas including infantry, cavalry, general staff, garrisons in Gibraltar, Minorca, North America, and the West Indies, noting daily and annual salaries and other expenses.

After folio 22 the scribe occasionally switched to pagination, resulting in page numbers 23-24, 26-27, 29-30, and 32-33.

Spine slightly rubbed; interior crisp and clean. Contemporary ownership to flyleaf: "H. Leece | War Office | 1 Dec[embe]r 1777". Later in the collection of Thomas Fremantle, 3rd Baron Cottesloe (1862-1956), commander of the Territorial Army and president of the Society for Army History Research.

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