without leaving a Wreck behind.
Thus having exhausted the means of supporting myself and Family, I was reduced to the sad necessity of Mortgaging my little Farm, the Remnant I had left, to obtain money for a temporary subsistance. This little Farm is now gone having been sued out of Possession, and turned into the World with my Wife and Children, destitute of a House or Home, that I can call my own or have the means of living. This calamity has arisen from these two Causes, First from my disbursing large sums in France and Charlestown for the service of the United States.
In France I expended to the amount of 360 French Guineas, a large part of that sum was appropriated to the pay of a company of Marines, the other part for sea stores to accomodate a number of Gentleman Passengers sent on board by the commissioner, to take passage for America for which I have never been recompensed. And secondly my having served the United States from the 15th of June 1775 to December [-->page 10]