Eyewitness Accounts from the Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society
Statement of Royal Flint certifying the status of Mr. Henry Howell Williams's claim regarding his property on Noddles Island in June 1775, written on 1 April 1787
This manuscript is from the Noddles Island papers a collection of documents assembled by Henry Howell Williams when he requested compensation for losses incurred to his property during the Siege of Boston. This statement written by Royal Flint clarifies that the United States government would only make financial awards for the loss of provisions that benefited the American troops, and states that no compensation would be made for damages done to household furniture. The content of the letter indicates that Royal Flint was a commissioner for settling public accounts in the Commissioner's Office in Boston in 1787.