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Claims and Memorials
Memorial of Philip Van Cortland
of New Jersey

To the Commissioners appointed by Act of Parliament
to enquire into the losses and services of the American

The memorial of Philip VAN CORTLAND Major of His Majesty's 3d Battn. New Jersey Volunteers Sheweth

That your Memorialist was driven by the Rebels from his family & property in the Province of New Jersey & joined His Majesty's army under the orders of Sir Willm. HOWE in 1776, prefering the sacrefice of domestic happiness with the loss of fortune rather than renounce allegiance to His Lawful Sovereign & join in measures tending to subvert the British Constitution.

The issue of the late unfortunate contest proves doubly distressing to your memorialist who now finds himself separated from his numerous connections, banished his native Country which was first settled by his Ancestors in a line of reputation, & with a weighty family obliged to seek an Asylum amongst Strangers which is denied him by his Countrymen.

The support of a wife and eleven children was a consideration of importance in the day of prosperity and so ill proportioned to the present circumstances of your Memorialist that he is obliged to intrude this application for such immediate relief as your wisdom shall judge adequate to his situation.

And your Memorialist will ever pray &c &c


London 20th Novr. 1783.

Great Britain, Public Record Office, Audit Office, Class 13, Volume 112, folio 2.

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