The strength of the garrison on 31 Dec 1834 was 101 officers and 2,536 men.
In 1834, Publius writing in the United Service Journal remarked on the dullness of the garrison.
In one respect Malta has changed, a change regretted by all, and yet none of us attempted to remedy it; I allude to the dullness of its society, as far at least as regards amusements. It is true that in winter we still have a few balls and soirees, but yet they are but very few, when compared to the number which were given a few years back. The spirit of gaiety, has in short, abandoned this little military hot house. We have an Italian opera, but nobody attends it, and the poor impresario is all but ruined in consequence. The soldiers of the 7th Fusiliers, however, got up a play some nights back, and their example has been followed in two instances, one by the privates of the Artillery, 73rd and 94th, and at another time by the men of HMS Barham. The officers of the garrison are also going to act and are busy in rehearsing the Heir at Law, Tom Thumb etc. A ball was given a fortnight ago by the United Service at the Club.