Jamaica, (Queens County) Sept. 5, 1776

His Excellency the Honorable William Howe, General and Commander in Chief of his Majesty's Forces within the Colonies lying on the Atlantic Ocean, from Nova-Scotia to West Florida inclusive, &c. &c. &c. having authorized me to raise a Brigade of Provincials solely for the Defence of this Island, to re-establish Order and Government within the same, to apprehend and drive all called Rebels, from among his Majesty's well affected Subjects and other essential purposes.  ...

Given under my Hand the Date above

 OLIVER DELANCEY, Brigadier-General