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To his Excellency Francis Barnard Esqr
Capt.n General & Governor in chief & over his
Majestys Province of the Massachusetts Bay
in New England

To the Honourable his Majestys
Council & House of Representitives in Genrl
Court assembled at Concord 30th May 1764

The petition of Salah Barnard of Deerfield
in the County of Hampshire & Province aforesd
Humbly sheweth that yr petitioner was in ye
Service of this Province from the year 1754 to 1761
& that in ye year 1757 yr petitioner had the Honr to
serve as a Lieut in a Regmt Comdd by Colo Joseph Frey
Esq.r and at the Reduction of Fort Wm Henry by ye
Enemy yr petitioner sustain the cost of Arms Cloathing
Camp Furniture Cost & to the Value of Sixty pounds.
And in the year 1758 yr petitioner had the Honr of a
Company in a Regmt Comandd by Colo Wm Williams Esqr
& was taken very iIl of the Slow Fever near the
Close of the Campn & not being able to help him
=Selfe was at the Expence of Thirty pounds in procur-
=ing Men Horses & other Necercaries to get home being
at Fort Wm Henry in the year 1759.
your Petitioner was Honrd with a Compy in a Regmt
Comdd by Brigdr Genl Timothy Ruggles Esqr & in
the latter part of the Campn was seasd with a Return
of the Same fever he had the year before
& was put to a very great Expence in geting Home from
Crownpoint all which has so far Impard the health
& Estate of your Petitioner that he is Inducd to make
this Petition to yr Excellency & Honour humbly hopeing
for such Redress as in your Great Wisdom shall be
thought Reasonable and your Petitioner shall as in
Duty bound Ever Pray &c

Salah Barnard

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In this two-paragraph appeal, Salah Barnard, age 39, now a private citizen in Deerfield, Massachusetts, appeals to the authorities to reimburse him for expenses he incurred while serving in the militia. He asks for sixty pounds to defray the costs of clothing and camp furniture at Fort William Henry. And, recounting his illness in 1758, he asks for money to cover the costs of medical care and travel home from the Fort. The provincial government issued ammunition, but it did not provide either arms, travel expenses, or uniforms.


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Petition for Reimbursement by Major Salah Barnard

creator   Salah Barnard (1725-1795)
date   May 30, 1764
location   Deerfield, Massachusetts
height   12.25"
width   7.5"
process/materials   manuscript, paper, ink
item type   Legal Documents/Petition
accession #   #L99.180

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