From James Taylor and Abishai Thomas
[Philadelphia, June 28, 1791]
On the 18th. Instant Mr. Thomas had the Honor to address you on the Subject of the pensions paid to invalids by the state of N. Carolina, since which we have found that payments made by that State to Widows & orphans of deceased officers are in the same predicament.1 We therefore respectfully request that with your answer to Mr. Thomas’s letter you will favour us with your sentiments on the propriety of presenting all claims for payment under the latter head subsequent to the fourth March 1789, at the Treasury of the United States for reimbursment in money.
We are &c
Hone A Hamilton
Df, in the writing of Abishai Thomas, North Carolina Department of Archives and History, Raleigh; copy, North Carolina Department of Archives and History.
1. On December 29, 1785, the North Carolina legislature had passed “An Act for the Relief of the Widows or Children of Officers Who Have Died in the Service of the United States” (Clark, State Records of North Carolina description begins Walter Clark, ed., The State Records of North Carolina (Goldsboro, North Carolina, 1886–1907). description ends , XXIV, 744). Governor Alexander Martin had suggested in a letter read in the North Carolina House of Commons on November 12, 1790, that the North Carolina pension acts for Revolutionary War invalids, widows, and orphans should be repealed in view of Federal legislation. On December 11, 1790, however, a resolution continuing payments was passed by the House of Commons and approved by the Senate (Journal of the House of Commons. North Carolina. At a General Assembly begun and held at Fayetteville, on the first day of November, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety, and in the fifteenth year of the independence of the United States of America: Being the first session of this Assembly [Edenton: Printed by Hodge & Wills, n.d.], 17, 71).