Petition of the Selectmen of the Town of Groton

To the Honorable General Assembly of the State of Connecticut to Be Convened at Hartford in Said State on the 7th Day of May 1823

The petition of the subscribers, Selectmen of the Town of Groton, in said state for the time being; would in behalf of said town most respectfully beg leave to state; that sometime in the month of December 1817 a transient Indian woman with a child then about twenty months old came into the Indian village in this town1, and left said child at an Indian hut, with a promise to return and take it in a few days.  She immediately departed and did not return in three years after.  Soon after the departure of the mother, the child, being left alone in the hut, fell into the fire and was so badly burned as to become a complete cripple by losing both his hands, and was otherwise badly burned.  The mother returned about three years after the child’s accident, found it a cripple, left it immediately and went to some part of your petitioner’s unknown.  The whole expense of supporting and doctoring said child has fell on said Town of Groton.

Much pains has been taken by your petitioners, and by their processors in said office, to ascertain the place of nativity of said child, but no information can be obtained.  Their knowledge of him is not sufficient, and the circumstances are such that they cannot by law make him a state pauper, and they conceive it a hardship for this town to bear the whole expense of supporting said child.

They therefore pray Your Honors to take the case into your wise consideration and make a special grant for the support of said child or in some other way grant relief,

And they as in duty bound will ever pray.

Selectmen

Eneas Morgan          

Zebadiah Gates                                                                                                            

Erastus Smith                                                                                                               

Dated Groton, April 28, 1823                                         

Amount of expenses accrued to the Town of Groton for supporting a transient Indian child

Paid Mark Daniels’ bill for boarding said child from December 18, 1817 to June 15, 1818 and clothing

34.00

Paid Mark Daniels’ bill for boarding said child from June 15, 1818 to December 12, 1818                  

20.67

Paid Mark Daniels’ bill for boarding said child from December 12, 1818 to December 12, 1819

34.67

Paid Mark Daniels’ bill for boarding said child from December 12, 1819 to June 12, 1820                 

12.00

Paid Mark Daniels’ bill for boarding said child from June 12, 1820 to December 12,h 1820

11.96

Paid Peter Avery for boarding said child from December 12, 1820 to December 12, 1821

23.92

Paid Peter Avery for boarding said child from December 12, 1821 to December 12, 1822

23.92

Paid Peter Avery for boarding said child from December 12, 1822 to April 30, 1823

9.12

Paid Dr. John O. Miner’s bill for medical attendance on said child

20.00

                $ 190.26

Legislative Action:

de Support of Indian Child, Selectmen Groton / House of Representatives, Referred to Messrs. Joel Loomis, Jesse Dean, Joseph Rogers, Attest, Nathan Johnson, Clerk / House of Representatives, Granted in the [ illegible ], Attest, Nathan Johnson, Clerk / In Senate, May Session 1823, Continued to the Session to be holden at New Haven in May next,  Attest, William W. Boardman, Clerk /  House of Representatives, Continued, Attest, Nathan Johnson, Clerk / No. 4  May 1824 referred  Select Committee / May Session  1824, In Senate on report of Committee and reconsidered, the Senate adhered, Attest, William W Boardman, Clerk / House of Representative, May Session 1824, Messrs. Haley, Dean, appointed on Committee of Conference,   Attest, Samuel Church, Clerk / In Senate, Honorable Mr. Young was appointed, Attest, William W. Boardman, Clerk / [ crossout ], [ crossout ],[ crossout ], Mr. Mahon2 / House of Representatives, May Session 1824,  Granted, Attest, Samuel Church,  Clerk / In Senate, May Session, 1824, Not Granted, Attest, William W. Boardman, Clerk

Cataloguing:

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  • 1. This is referring to the Western Pequot community or Mashantucket Pequot.
  • 2. It is unclear who Mr. Mahon is.