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Affidavits of WILLIAM BRADLEY, LEVI SOLOMONS, and JAMES MORRISON, concerning Colonel ALLEN’S treatment.

I, the subscriber, being of lawful age, do testify and say, that a gentleman known by the name of Colonel Allen was brought on board the Gaspee man-of-war, then lying before the Town of Montreal, some time in the month of September, 1775, and, pursuant to the orders of Captain Ryall, who then commanded said ship, I put a pair of irons on said Allen’s legs, which he wore for seven or eight days, during which he was kept by the Boatswain’s cabin. Afterwards, the irons were taken off his legs in the morning, and handcuffs were put on his hands, which was the practice for some considerable time. Then only one leg was ironed in the night, and handcuffs in the day. Further saith not.

WILLIAM BRADLEY,
Midshipman on board the Gaspee.

Sworn before me, at Head-Quarters in Montreal, this 14th day of February, 1776.

DAVID WOOSTER, Brigadier-General.

The above is a true copy of the original Deposition.

RICHARD VARICK,
Secretary to Major-General Schuyler.


I, the subscriber, being of lawful age, do testify and say, that on or about the 24th of September, 1775, being on board the Gaspee man-of-war, I saw Colonel Allen with a pair of irons on his legs, and a sentry standing before him with a pistol in his hand.

Dated at Montreal, February 14, 1776.

LEVI SOLOMONS.

Sworn before me, Montreal, February 14, 1776.

DAVID WOOSTER, Brigadier-General.


I, the subscriber, being of lawful age, do testify and say, that some time in the month of October, 1775, being on board the Gaspee man-of-war, I saw Colonel Allen (as he was called) with a pair of handcuffs on his hands; and further saith not.

Dated at Montreal, this 14th of February, 1776.

JAMES MORRISON.

Sworn before me, Montreal, February 14, 1776.

DAVID WOOSTER, Brigadier-General.

The above are true copies of the original Depositions.

RICHARD VARICK,
Secretary to Major-General Schuyler.


GOVERNOUR TRUMBULL TO JOHN ADAMS AND GEORGE WYTHE.

Lebanon, March 9, 1776.

GENTLEMEN: I received your letter of the 18th of October last, asking for an account of hostilities committed by the Ministerial Troops and Navy in this Colony, since the first of last March. I embrace the earliest time, after receiving the accounts, papers, and documents, officially authenticated, to enclose and furnish you with the materials requested.

I am, with great truth and regard, gentlemen, your obedient humble servant,

JONATHAN TRUMBULL.

To the Hon. John Adams and George Wythe, Esquires.


GOVERNOUR TRUMBULL TO JOHN ADAMS AND GEORGE WYTHE.

Lebanon, March 25, 1776.

GENTLEMEN: Two accounts of loss by hostilities committed by the Ministerial Navy, which came to hand since my last, are enclosed. I do most sincerely congratulate you on General Washington’s success, and on the shameful retreat of our enemies from Boston, which demand our humble admiration and praise of the Supreme Director of all events, for his marvellous interposition for our help. Tyranny and oppression have a natural tendency to move the Colonists to a separation from Great Britain. Nothing else could induce them to an event so distant from their thoughts or designs. Burning and destroying, our towns, robbing our property, trampling on and profaning places dedicated to divine worship and service, and cruel treatment of the persons so unhappy as to fall into their hands, are injuries of the first magnitude. The prisoners in our custody meet generous entertainment. Is it not time the law of retaliation should take place? Every subtile art, as well as arms, are used against us. May God prevent their operations, and turn their counsels to foolishness; preserve and increase the union of his American people; grant them wisdom, and guide their publick councils.

I am, with great esteem and regard, gentlemen, your most obedient humble servant,

JONATHAN TRUMBULL.

To the Hon. John Adams and George Wythe, Esquires.


Invoice of Sundries shipped per Captain HOWLAND, on account and risk of JEREMIAH CLEMENT.

Six barrels coffee, viz:

 No. 1.205tr. 21 
 No. 2. 19825 
 No. 3.19321 
 No. 4.17119 
 No. 5.19625 
  

 
  963111 
 111 
 
 
 852   nett—at 11d.39010 
 
 No. 6.171
25
 } 146 nett at 8d.4174 
Six barrels, at 1s. 9d.010 6 
Cartage on board, at 1s.0010 
One ton pig iron,12000 
Cartage,0020 
Paid Robert Montgomery, for one piece linen, (twenty-five yards,) at 6s. 7d.804 7 
Two and a half per cent commissions on twenty pounds five shillings and seven pence, 0 101½
 
 6506 61½
 

Dated New-York, 1st Month, 19th, 1776.

The above is a true copy:JACOB WATSON.

The above is a true invoice of goods shipped by Jacob Watson, on board the Schooner called the James, John Howland master, which goods were seized by Captains Parker and Vandeput, of his Majesty’s Ships Phenix and Asia, and are entirely lost by me, the subscriber, as appears by the invoice and letter received from said Watson.

JEREMIAH CLEMENT.

NEW-LONDON COUNTY,}ss.
NORWICH, March 9, 1776.

Personally appeared Mr. Jeremiah Clement, and gave solemn oath to the truth of the above certificate.

Coram HENRY HUNTINGTON, Justice of Peace.


This may certify, that I, the subscriber, was present in New-York when the within-mentioned Schooner James, commanded by Captain John Howland, was taken by the barges from the men-of-war Phenix and Asia, and am knowing to the truth that the same was taken, and have already given oath to said capture.

LEVI HINTINGTON.


Invoice of Iron purchased of Mr. DANIEL PHOENIX, in NEW-YORK, by WILLIAM HUBBARD, viz:

January, 1776.—Ninety-four bars of Bloomery iron, is 31cwt. 2qr. 91b.—at 25s.3995½
Sixty-five bars of refined iron, is 19cwt. 2qr. 131b.—at 27s.2697½
Carting the same on board Captain Howland,0050 
 
New-York currency6641
 

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