Memorial of Joseph Poquiantup to the Connecticut General Assembly Requesting Leave to Sell Land

To the Honorable General Assembly of the State of Connecticut to be Holden at New Haven the 10th Day of October AD 1793

The memorial of Joseph Poquiantup of Lyme in New London County, an Indian, humbly sheweth that he is now about seventy years old, infirm, and unable to work or make any improvement of land and is possessed of about fifteen acres of land of which he can receive no benefit, and your memorialist is in indigent circumstances and not able to support himself unless it be by selling said land, but by law your memorialist is prevented from disposing of said land, therefore prays Your Honors to take his case into your consideration and grant liberty (under such regulations as Your Honors think fit) to your memorialist to sell said land that he may have some support in his indigent circumstances.

And your memorialist as in duty bound will ever pray,

Joseph  Poquiantup, his mark
Dated at Lyme, October 10, 1793


We, the subscribers are of opinion it will be advantageous to the memorialist to have the above request granted. David F. Sill, Elihu Ely, Seth Smith, Selectmen

Legislative Action:

In the House of Representatives, granted with liberty of a bill, etc., the prayer of this memorial.  Test, Zephaniah Swift, Clerk.  Concurred in the Upper House.  Test, George Wyllys, Secretary / Joseph Poquiantup Petitioner / Admitted by House of Representatives / Test, Zephaniah Swift, Clerk / October 1793 / Passed Lower House / Passed Upper House / Bill / Passed Lower House / Passed Upper House, Alt / Passed Upper House / x


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