Petition of Leavitt Thaxter, Guardian of the Chappaquiddick and Christiantown Indians, to the Massachusetts Senate and House of Representatives

To the Honourable Senate and House of Representatives in General Court Assembled               

The petition of the undersigned Guardian of the Indians and people of colour at Chappaquiddick and Christiantown, respectfully, represents that Recall DeGrass, a person of colour, belonging to said Christiantown, is now about seventy-five years old, that for several years last past, he has been afflicted with the asthma, so as in a  great measure to incapacitate him for labour, that during the last year, he has been incapable of performing any labour, or of providing for, or taking care of himself, that the rent of the land apportioned to him by the Commissioners, under the Act of March, 10 A.D. 18281 does not exceed ten dollars annually, that the public land of said Tribe will not rent for more than nine dollars annually, and that said Tribe are unable to contribute any thing to the support of said DeGrass.               

And your petitioner further represents that during the year past, he has paid of his own money for the support of the said DeGrass, the sum of seventy-one dollars and twenty-six cents.  Wherefore, your petitioner prays that he may be allowed out of the Treasury of the Commonwealth the said sum of seventy-one dollars and twenty-six cents, and that there may also be allowed for the support of the said Recall DeGrass the sum of two dollars a week from the day of the date hereof during his natural life.

And as in duty bound will ever pray,

Guardian as aforesaid

Edgartown, December 22, 1838

Legislative Action:

Petition of Leavitt Thaxter, Guardian to the Indians and people of colour, resident at Chappaquiddick and Christiantown for support of Recall DeGrass.  Thomas Bradley of Tisbury.  House of Representatives, January 15, 1839.  Referred to the Committee on Claims.  Sent up for concurrence, L. S. Cushing, Clerk.  Senate, January 15, 1839.  Concurred, Charles Calhoun, Clerk.  150 per w.

Docketing:

No. 7

  • 1. An Act for the better regulation, instruction, and government of the Indians and People of Colour in the County of Dukes County, Chap CXIV, Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (1828), 803.