understand they have been greatly damaged since taken, and at this time probably would not bring near their former value; and as they were both here and in taken by the Militia; and consequently by the authority of of the ; we therefore, ask your Honerable Body to cause an appropriation to be made by law, whereby we may be paid for them; or otherwise have them returned to us, and the damages made good.
The loss sustained by our people, in leaving , are so situated, that it is impossible to obtain any compensation for them by law, because those who have sustained them them are unable to prove those trespasses upon individuals.
That the facts do exist. that the buildings crops, stock, furniture, rails, timber &c. of the society have been destroyed in , is not doubted by any at this time acquainted in this upper country; and since those trespasses cannot be proved upon individuals, we ask your Honorable Body to consider this case; and if in your liberality and wisdom, you can conceive to be proper, and make an appropriation by law to compensate those sufferers.— The we think would never feel the loss, whereas those sufferers, many of whom, are still pressed down with poverty, in consequence of those losses, would be enabled to pay their debts, and also in some degree relieved from poverty and woe, whilst the widow’s heart would be made to rejoice & the orphan’s tear measureably dried up; and the prayer of a grateful people ascend on High, with thanksgiving and praise to the author of our existance for that beneficient act.—
In laying our case before your Honorable Body, we say that we are willing and ever have been to conform to the Constitution and laws of the [p. 172]