Claims and Memorials
St. John 20th Feby. 1786.
I beg leave to acquaint You for the information of His Majesty’s commissioners of American Claims, that on the 12th October 1777 I Joined the division of His Majesty’s Army under Sir Henry CLINTON on the River Hudson, on the 13th I enlisted in the late Loyal American Regiment Commanded by Colonel Beverly ROBINSON, having left my Property amounting to Six hundred pounds N. York Currency in the possession of my Wife.
The Commissioners of Sequestration for the State of New York seized the same by Virtue of their Commission and sold it at Public Auction.
On the 16th of December following my wife & four Children were sent into New York and suffered to bring with them only two Beds & four hundred & fifty pounds of Flour & Pork.
On her arrival She took the Small Pox & died the 23rd Jany. 78.
During the War I served as a Serjeant and was disbanded at the reduction on the 6th of October 1783 in the Province of New Brunswick with two of my Sons who were Soldiers.
To Authenticate my Claim there are evidences here by the Names Whitman Records, Zacha. HILLS & Wife, but to prevent tedious enquiry I have sent to obtain Certified Copies from the Records of the Commissioners of sequestration.
Trusting on the Merits of a faithfull Soldier I hope on a future examination it will appear to the Honble Commissioners that I am entitled to a Suitable compensation for the loss of my little property.
I am Sir,
Claim 1,500 dollars
Peter HUNTER Esquire
Great Britain, Public Record Office, Audit Office, Class 13, Volume 21, folios 307–308.
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