Source: Parliament Letter, Rutgers University Special Collections and University Archives
The following was a petition written to Parliament by Bernardus Lagrange. Parliament passed an Act prior to the American Revolution stating loyal subjects were entitled to compensation for their losses due to rebellion. In the following, Lagrange recounts all he and his family went through along with all the losses he sustained. He asked Parliament to grant him money for the losses he suffered. The letter is rendered in its original form.
Source: Letter from the Bernardus Lagrange folder, Rutgers University Special Collections and University Archives.
From this document, answer the following questions.
- Should Bernard Lagrange receive compensation? Explain?
- What did Lagrange lose and how did he suffer to stay loyal to England?
- How should history judge a man such as Lagrange?
- Are you surprised as to how Lagrange's life turned out? Explain.
- Was Lagrange a loyal man? Explain.
- Given what you have read about Lagrange, how do you think the rest of his life unfolded?
- Given what Lagrange endured, what appeared to cement his loyalty to Great Britain? What are the bounds of loyalty you feel to the United States?
You have now discovered the fate of one New Jersey loyalist, Bernardus Lagrange.
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