From the Massachusetts Veterans
Boston October 28th 1789.
The Petition of a Number of Invalids, late belonging to the Massachusetts line, in said Army, Humbly Sheweth,
That although the Honble Congress of the United States have made Provision for the payment of Pensions Granted to Invalids of the said late Army,1 Yet, the period, at which the payment of the first half Year is to be made, is so far distant, And as they have not Received any Pension money for Upwards of 3 Year past, And as a hard Winter is Approaching, Unless they can receive some present releif, they will Inevitably Suffer.
They therefore Humbly Pray Your Excellency, their late Worthy General, would be pleased to Commiserate their Unhappy Situation, and Grant them some immediate relief; without which they must still Suffer as they have hitherto. And as in duty bound shall ever Pray.
LS, DLC:GW. The petition is signed by Daniel Jennings, Benjamin Goold, William Spooner, Richard Witcom, John Hunewell, and Amariah Vose. It was probably presented to GW while he was in Boston. The petition is addressed “To His Excellency George Washington Esqr. President of the United States, and late Commander of the American Army.”
1. See “An Act providing for the payment of the Invalid Pensioners of the United States,” Stat. description begins Richard Peters, ed. The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America, from the Organization of the Government in 1789, to March 3, 1845 . . .. 8 vols. Boston, 1845-67. description ends , 1:95 (29 Sept. 1789). See also the Invalid Pensioners of Pennsylvania to GW, 1789.