Report to the House of Burgesses
[Williamsburg, 10 November 1759]
Mr Washington reported,1 That the Committee to whom the Petition of Daniel M’Neil was referred had examined into the Allegations thereof, and found them to be true; and had come to a Resolution thereupon, which he read in his Place, and afterwards delivered in at the Table, where the same was again twice read, and agreed to by the House. . . . 2
JHB description begins H. R. McIlwaine and John Pendleton Kennedy, eds. Journals of the House of Burgesses of Virginia. 13 vols. Richmond, 1905–15. description ends , 1758–1761, 143.
1. On 9 Nov. Speaker John Robinson appointed GW and Francis Lightfoot Lee, burgesses from Frederick and Loudoun counties respectively, to “examine into . . . and report” on “A Petition of Daniel M’Neil, setting forth, That in November, 1758, he received a Wound in a Skirmish with the Enemy at Fort Ligonier [see GW’s Orderly Book, 12 Nov. 1758, n.1], which has rendered him incapable of procuring a Livelihood for himself and his Family, consisting of a Wife and three small Children, and praying the Consideration of this House” (JHB description begins H. R. McIlwaine and John Pendleton Kennedy, eds. Journals of the House of Burgesses of Virginia. 13 vols. Richmond, 1905–15. description ends , 1758–1761, 142). In August 1757 Daniel McNeil was a 38–year-old soldier from Norfolk in Robert Stewart’s company of light horse in GW’s Virginia Regiment.
2. The House passed a resolution stating: “That the said Daniel M’Neil ought to be paid the Sum of ten Pounds by the Publick, as an immediate Relief to his present Necessities; and that he be also paid the Sum of five Pounds per Annum for his future Support, and the Subsistance of himself and Family” (ibid., 143).