From John Steele
House of Reps. Novemr. 14th. 1792
The inclosed papers were put into my hand, in consequence of an idea having gone forth, that during the residence of the Brittish Minister at this place, some plan of indemnification might possibly be adopted for losses sustained by the depredations of the Enemy during the late War.
I cou’d not refuse to receive them from the unfortunate sufferers, and as I have done so, you will pardon the liberty I now take in submitting them to your inspection. Many thousands are similarly situated. I have the honor to be Sir With sentiments of perfect Respect Your most Obedient servant
RC (DNA: RG 76, British Spoliations); addressed: “The Secretary of State United States”; endorsed by TJ as received 14 Nov. 1792 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosures: Claims for compensation for property taken or destroyed by Lord Cornwallis’s army in 1781 filed by William O’Neal, 10 Sep. 1792, and by James Freeland and James Freeland, Jr., both 15 Sep. 1792, citizens of Orange County, North Carolina, for $1,532, £253.17.0, and £44.10.0 respectively (MSS in same).