Page:Memorial from Hannah Stephens requesting the release of her husband from prison in Algiers.djvu/2

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Doors and driven to the cruel necessity of doing the lowest duties of a servant to prevent herself, and her helpless children from suffering hunger, and nakedness. The sufferings of your Memorialist and of her Children become insupportable when added to the Distress she feels for her husband, who is continually representing by his Letters his melancholy situation, and praying for the interposition of the United States in his behalf. Your Memorialist in this her destitute and forsaken condition, humbly begs the interposition of the United States for her husband, that they would derive some way by which he may be freed from his present state of captivity, that she and her helpless children may once more enjoy the great pleasure of seeing their long lost friend, at liberty and in his native land. Your Memorialist is likewise under the necessity of entreating, and she now does in the most humble manner, entreats that the Legislature of the United States would also take her necessitous circumstances into their wise consideration, and make some provision for the subsistence of herself and her children, in order that she may have some alleviation of her accumulated load of human woe.

as in Duty bound shall ever pray

Hannah Stephens

Concord, December 9th 791

This certifies that I believe the facts stated in the above Memorial are true.

John Merrick Justice of the peace.

This certifies that I believe the Facts stated in the above Memorial are true.

Ezra Ripley Pastor of the Church in Concord

This certifies that we the subscriben Selectmen of said Town of Concord believe the facts state in the above memorial are true.

Ephraim Wood

Jacob Brown

Asa Brooks