Agnes LaForce’s Letter

To His Excellency Frederick Haldimand Esqr Captain General & Commander in Chief of His Majesty’s Forces of the same, & the Frontiers thereof Vice Admiral &c. &c. &c.

“The humble Petition of Agnes LaForce, Widow of Rene LaForce, late of Virginia, now a prisoner in Montreal.

“Your Petitioner most humbly sheweth-

“That your Petitioner about three years past had the affliction of losing her said husband & was left a widow with five children:  That her late husband together with his Family: & thirteen negro slaves had been obliged to remove two hundred miles into the inner uninhabited part of the country; to be out of the way of all Troubles; That her said husband always had been a very loyal subject of His Majesty, on which account he was at different times greatly distressed by heavy fines, which were Layed on him, & at last obliged him to remove from his habitation where he & his Family lived at their ease.  That on the 25th of June last past your Petitioner together with her five children & said thirteen negro slaves belonging to her the Petitioner were disturbed in their (as they though) safe retirement by a party of Soldiers & Indians of His Majesty, & were by them taken Prisoners & carried to Detroit where on their arrival said negro slaves were sold & disposed of without your Petitioners consent or receiving any benefit thereby to her very great Detriment said slaves being her only resource she had & only property left in this country, & now your Petitioner & Family being in the utmost distress & considered her Farr advanced age not being able to do anything towards the support of her Fatherless children in a strange country destitute of everything she the Petitioner most humbly has resource to Your Excellency, & prays that your Excellency with a paternal eye will look on her very great affliction & take her case into consideration & give her said Petitioner Liberty to reclame the above mentioned her negro slaves or to order the purchasers of them to pay unto her your Petitioner whatever sum or sums of money as your Excellency will think in Justice & equity to be due to her the Petitioner as being the sole proprietor of said slaves: And your Petitioner as in Duty bound will ever pray.

Agnes LaForce

Letter courtesy 2 different books, 1) Historical collections, Volume 19 By Michigan Pioneer & Historical Society & 2) Journal of the American Institute of Criminal Law & Criminology, Volume 12 By American Institute of Criminal Law & Criminology, American Prison Association, American Society of Military Law.


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