Revolutionary Incidents of Queens Co. (1846)
by Henry Onderdonk, Jr.
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123.The King being now in possession of Queens county, and his soldiers scattered over it, the leading Whigs having been thrown in prison, and the property of those who fled siezed by the enemy, the remainder were constrained to join the Loyalists in petitioning the King's Commissioners that Queen's county might be restored to Royal favor.
To the HONORABLE RICHARD, LORD VISCOUNT HOWE, of the Kingdom of Ireland, and to His Majesty's forces in America, the King's Commissioners for restoring peace to his Majesty's Colonies in North America:
Your Excellencies having, by your Declaration of July last, opened to us the pleasing prospect of returning peace and security, lon banished by the many calamites surrounding us, we entertained the most sanquine expectations that the Colonies would at length have submitted to their duty and acknowledged constitutional authority they had so wantonly opposed.
When we compared the dismal situation of the country suffering under all the evils attending the most convulsive state, with the mild and happy government it had before experienced, we saw no ground for hesitation; from happiness we had fallen into misery; from freedom to oppression! We severely felt the change and lamented our condition; unfortunately for us, these hopes were blasted by the infatuated conduct of the Congress: Your Excellencies nevertheless having been pleased by a subsequent Declaration, again to hold up the most benevolent offers, and to repeat his Majesty's gracious intentions towards the obedient:
Permit us, his Majesty's loyal and well-affected subjects, the Freeholders and Inhabitants of Queens county, humbly to represent to your Excellencies, that we bear true allegiance to His Majesty, GEORGE the Third, and are sincerely attached to his sacred person, crown and dignity; that we consider the union of these colonies with the parent state essential to their well being; and our earnest desire is that the constitutional authority of Great Britain over them may be preserved to the latest ages.
And we humbly pray, that your Excellencies would be pleased to declare this county at the peace of His Majesty, and thereby enable us to receive the benefits flowing from his most gracious protection.
Queens county, 21st October, 1776.
Joseph Haviland, Jr.
David Roe, Constable
Baltus Van Kleeck
Gilbert Colden Willet
Garret Van Wicklen
Jacob Weeks, Jr.
Tho's Smith Jr.
Ab'm Van Wyck
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