Letter regarding War of 1812 Widow Annuity.
To Wm. H Kemble
State Treasurer:

"Application having been made to me by Catherine Dedaker widow of Adam Dedaker of Philadelphia a soldier of the war of 1812, for the Gratuity and Annuity authorized by the act of March 30, 1866, entitled 'An Act to provide for the payment of Gratuities and Annuities to the soldiers of the war of 1812,'? I hereby certify, agreeably to the provisions of said act, that she has furnished satisfactory evidence to me that she is entitled to the benefits of said act, and the State Treasurer will please pay to her order Forty Dollars Gratuity, and Twenty Dollars Annuity, for six months, due July 14 1866."

It was over 50 years after the War of 1812 before survivors of that war were given retirement pensions. An act in 1866 granted annuities, gratuities, or pensions to soldiers (or their widows) who had served at least two months duty, or who had been wounded or otherwise disabled during the War of 1812. Any veterans fitting this description or their widows could apply for an annuity from the government.