Post War Settlement
Gayle (Starkey) Pittman of Texas has generously donated both this petition for relief of old soldiers by Mordecai Starkey, her third great-grandfather, as well as a copy of his discharge papers.
The Petition of Mordecai STARKEY, of Queens County. An old Soldier in the Revolutionary War, praying for Legislative aid.
18 January 1838
To His Excellency Major General Sir John HARVEY
Your petitioner begs leave respectfully to state that after receiving his discharge agreeable to the anexed certificate at the conclusion of the Revolutionary War in America he came to this Province with the Loyalists where he has resided until this time, that he has brought up a family of eleven children, that ten are now living and settled in this Province, that he is now at the advanced age of eighty three years;
that it is extremely gratifying to his feelings to hear that it is the intention of the legislature to pay a small tribute to those who devoted their all during the Revolutionary war in attachment to their King and Country and removed to this then desolate and wilderness Province to enjoy the privileges of that British Constitution.
Your petitioner therefore has full confidence that whatever allowance in your wisdom you may extend to others will be granted to your petitioner. And as in duty bound will ever pray.
Provincial Archives of New Brunswick, RS 24, 1838, Petition #162.
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