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Documents concerning a military expedition to Cartagena
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October 23, 1740 - June 02, 1741
Volume 15, Pages 752-753

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COL. WM. BLAKENEY TO SECRETARY THE DUKE OF NEWCASTLE.


Hampton, Virginia, Oct. 23, 1740.

4 companies from Virginia, 8 from Pennsylvania, 3 from Maryland, all gone with Col. Gooch; 5 from Boston, 2 from Rhode Island, 2 from Connecticut, 5 from New York, 3 from New Jersey, 4 from North Carolina—computed 3,500 men.

36 companies, 100 men each.

Col. Gooch to take care of Northern companies.

Col. Blakeney of Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina.

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Col. B. writing from Jamaica, 14 December, 1740. “Col. Gooch arrived with companies from Virginia, Pennsylvania and Maryland. All troops from North America safely arrived except 4 companies from North Carolina, for whom I am under some concern, as the French and Spaniards have now such a superior force in these seas. But no doubt Admiral Vernon will give details of all.”

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Col. Gooch, Jamaica, 8 December, 1740. “North Carolina companies daily expected.”

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PUBLISHED ACCOUNTS OF THE EXPEDITION BY
Col. Daniel,
Capt. Knowles,
Capt. Watson's journal,
Lord Elibank's journal.

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Brigadier Thomas Wentworth succeeded Lord Cathcart, who died on 20 December, 1740.

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Letter from Jamaica, 2 June, 1741, to Duke of New Castle about raising recruits in North America—“none to be expected from Virginia, Maryland or North Carolina, who are not Irish, Papists or English convicts of whom we have but too many in these four Battalions.”

Eight Regiments from Europe went on this Expedition and 36 companies (in 4 Battalions) from the North American Colonies.