Claims and Memorials
No. 1 Copy
Parr's Grove Shelburne April 5th 1786.
I do hereby Certify that I was well acquainted with Mr. Oliver TEMPLETON of New York Merchant from the Commencement of the Rebellion unto the Evacuation of New-York by His Majesty's Forces in 1783.
That during the whole period he exerted himself as a Steady firm Loyalist and by his warmth of Attactment to the King and Governrent rendered himself in the Early parts of the day so very obnoxious to the Rebel Inhabitants that he was forced to flee from the City to avoid ill usage, and came to my House at New Bridge in Jersey as a place of Refuge where he stay'd for some time and was useful to me on many occasions in supporting the King's interest and Authority in that part of the Country.
He sent up a large Quantity of Liquors and Goods to my said House which were stored for Safety in my Store House- these Liquors (which I imagine were of considerable value) were plundered by a Party of the Rebel Army together with some Goods and Household Furniture and Mr. TEMPLETON thereby totally lost them.
In the Autumn of 1777 Mr. TEMPLETON was Captain of One of the Independent Voluntier Companies at New York well equipped and regimented and he did Duty with them, when called upon with the greatest Chearfulness and Alacrity during the whole time that New York was a British Garrison.
Abrm. VAN BUSKIRK
Great Britain, Public Record Office, Audit Office, Class 13, Volume 80, folio 492.
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