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Widows' Petition

To the Right Honorable Lord George
GERMAIN, One of His Majesty’s principal
Secretaries of State &c &c &c

The Petition of Frances DONGAN, Sarah GRANT, Mary BARNES, Elizabeth WATKINS, & Hanah POLLARD Widows of Provincial Officers killed in different Actions with the Rebels in North America.


That your Lordship’s Petitioners having lost their Husbands in His Majesty’s Service, (and there being no Pensions for them, as established in the Regular Forces); must, when his Majesty’s Bounty of one Year’s Pay is expended, be reduced with their Families to the utmost Distress.

Therefore most humbly entreat your Lordship’s humane Consideration of their very unhappy Situation, and that Your Lordship will be pleased to lay their distress before His Majesty from whose great Goodness they can alone hope for Relief.

And they as in Duty bound will ever pray.


Frances DONGAN Widow of Lt. Coll. DONGAN killed at the Attack on Staten Island 22nd Augt. 1777
Sarah GRANT Widow of Major GRANT killed at the storming of Fort Montgomery Octor. 1777
Mary BARNES Widow of Major BARNES killed at the Attack on Staten Island 22nd Augt. 1777
Elizabeth WATKINS Widow of Ensign & Adjutant WATKINS killed on an Expedition into Connecticut in 1779
Hanah POLLARD Widow of Ensign POLLARD killed at the Siege of Savannah in Georgia Octr. 1779

New York 14th February 1780.

University of Michigan, William L. Clements Library, Sir Henry Clinton Papers, Volume 97, item 20.

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