Wiliam Fitch Arnold ALS to the Right Honourable T. Spring Rice. Little Missenden Abbey, [England], November 29, 1837.
George Breslauer, Bob Cox, and Don Hodges
IN HONOR OF
W[ilia]m F[itch] Arnold ALS to the Right Hon[oura]ble T. Spring Rice. Little Missenden Abbey, [England], November 29, 1837.
William Arnold asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer not to remove his royal pension, which was granted to the family after Benedict Arnold’s death. Arnold praised the loyalty of his father and mother to the Crown during the American Revolution and mentioned the “unfavorable influence” their abandonment of the American cause had on the family fortunes. Losing the pension now, he told Rice, would force him to relocate “for the sake of cheapness” and put an unfortunate end to the education of his young children.