Although the petition was clearly aimed at the education of boys - "Many of (the loyal adventurers) upon removing had Sons, whose Time of life, and former Hopes, call for an immediate attention to their Education..." - it may well have been due to a woman's promptings that caused Paine, along with six others, to petition Governor Thomas Carleton for an institution of higher learning, one which would later become the University of New Brunswick.
- Bailey, Alfred G. "A History of the University" in Up the Hill, 1939.
- "The petition of 1785." Pamphlet prepared by Archives & Special Collections, Harriet Irving Library, March 1986.
- Lloyd, Hugh and Wade, Scott. "Behind Every College." In Behind the Hill. Fredericton: Students' Representative Council, the Associated Alumni and the Senate of the University of New Brunswick, 1967, p. 11-12
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