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Petition of Eleazer French, who was wounded in the engagement on Bunker' s Hill


Petition of Eleazer French, setting forth the great necessity he is driven to by the unhappy misfortune of having his right arm shot off by a cannon-ball in the engagement on Bunker' s Hid the 17th of June last; also lost at the same time his Gun, appraised at eight Dollars, and Cartridge-box, Bayonet, three and one-fourth pounds of Powder, one and a half pound of Ball, and one Blanket, all his own property, which last articles were appraised at one Pound eight Shillings and two Pence — the whole amount three Pounds fifteen Shillings and two Pence; all which your humble Petitioner prays may be made up to him to relieve his present necessities; also humbly prays the honourable Court would consider how unable the Petitioner is to subsist on his own earnings, with only his left hand, and prays there may be some provision made to relieve him in future from want and penury.

Resolved, That there be allowed and paid out of the publick Treasury of this Colony, the sum of three Pounds thirteen Shillings and four Pence, in full discharge of said French' s loss.

And whereas the said French lost his right Arm by a Cannon-ball, as mentioned in the above Petition:

It is Resolved, That there be allowed and paid him the sum of four Pounds annually during the pleasure of this Court, and the same to commence on the 1st day of April next.

In Council: Read, and concurred.