Rhode Island Stampless
Covers & Letters
May 7, 1849 Cover from
Lansingburgh, New York
to Matthew Weicte in South Kingstown, RI
New York CDS and Paid 5 Marking in Blue
(Scroll Down for Background History and Text of Letter)
Cent Rate for Under 300 Miles (140 Miles as the Crow Flies)
was the first chartered village in Rensselaer
County, New York. The village was incorporated into the city of
Troy, NY in 1900.
original village of King's Town was incorporated in 1674
and included the present towns of South Kingstown,
Kingstown and Narragansett. The Great Swamp in South Kingstown
was the site of the bloodiest battle fought during
(December 19, 1675).
The power of the Narragansett Indians was forever broken by a
combined force of colonial soldiers and Mohegan Indians. Over
1000 Narragansett men, women and children were killed and the
battle is remembered today as
Great Swamp Massacre.
The letter from Andrew Loblet
is requesting proof of the identity of a Revolutionary War Widow
so that she may collect the pension due from her late husband.
The complete text of the letter follows
Lansingburgh 7th May 1849
The reason I
did not answer yours of the 24th January 1848 that
the prospect was that it would be allowed but they
have pressed a new objection which I enclose you -
which is to identify the widow as the wife of Capt.
Christopher Gardner Jr of the town of Kingston, Kent
County, Rhode Island - belonging to Colonel Jovis
Regiment of Kings and Kent County and that he
marched to Boston under said Colonel Jovis. Sir, can
you obtain Mr. Champlin's evidence as above or any
other person - the main point is to identify now as
Capt. Gardiner's widow of Jovis regiment of Kings
and Kent County to Boston in 75.
Andrew Loblet (or Lollet)
If you can obtain the required evidence and let me
no, I will send you $10 and if I obtain the
pension, I will send you $10 more. The widow states
she was married in 1780 by George Pearce Esq and
remembers that an John Whaly and Olney Brunnels was
present at her marriage, perhaps they may be living
- Let me have an answer soon as possible.