Letter to the Albany Committee, 1777

A letter to the Albany Committee. Robert W. Leake protested being banished on the grounds that his goal during the conflict was to maintain equivocal neutrality. Robert Leake protested his banishment and emphasized the idea of "natural rights" and the right of "every individual" to "choose the state of which he will become a member." The words "every individual" twice appear underlined. Robert Leake requested safe passage to a place of his choice and the right to "dispose" of his land "by sale or otherwise." He also addressed the "infamy" (underlined) of the "informers" (also underlined), perhaps a reference to individuals who informed the committee of his Loyalist political views. In concluding his letter, Robert Leake again revisited what he referred to as the "Immutable Laws of Nature" and the "Rights of Mankind."
January 1777
Leake, Robert W.
New York State Archives, New York State Engineer and Surveyor. Records of Surveys and Maps of State Lands, 1686-1892. Series A4016-77, Volume 7, Folder 139, Item f.
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