It is with very great Reluctance that I venture to take up a moment of your Lordship's time upon a subject which must already in many instances have tryed your Lordship's Patience, I mean applications for relief from suffering American Loyalists. I flatter myself however that my claim to His Majesty's favour is so reasonably founded that I shall obtain your Lordship's benevolent Aid and Intercession to procure me a share of that Bounty which His Majesty has already so eminently displayed to many in my situation. My Story my Lord in a few words is this, I was His Majesty's Chief Justice and one of the Council of North Carolina when the present Rebellion broke out and I resided there till about six weeks ago when the usurped Powers of that country compelled me to leave it. I accordingly embarked with my Family leaving the chief of my property behind me which indeed was not very considerable as it is a long time since I have received any salary or perquisites of Office. I am now in this city extremely happy to find myself once more under the protection of the British Government but at the same time now a little dejected to find myself destitute of all means of subsistence, a misfortune I
I should not do justice to myself on this occasion was I to omit informing your Lordship that this is the second time I have been ruined by the Americans by my attachment to the British Government. In the year 1765 at Rhode Island I wrote in defence of the parliamentary Right relative to the then Stamp Act for which my House and furniture was destroyed and for which I have never received any compensation.
My worthy Friends Governor Martin now here and Governor Hutchinson now in England will I flatter myself lend me their countenance in this application to your Lordship.
Recd: 26th Novber