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I, the subscriber, certify and say, the above is a true account of the cost of one hundred and fifty-nine bars of iron, shipped by me on board the Schooner James, John Howland master, which iron was seized by the barges belonging to his Majestys Ships Asia and Phenix, commanded by Captains Parker and Vandeput, and the amount of said iron is a total loss to me.
Norwich, March 9, 1776.
Personally appeared Captain William Hubbard, and made solemn oath to the truth of the above certificate. Coram
CHRIST. LEFFINGWELL, Justice of Peace.
To the Hon. JONATHAN TRUMBULL, Esq., Governour of the Colony of CONNECTICUT:
Whereas I, the subscriber, was, by the General Assembly, holden at New-Haven in December last, appointed and directed to procure a just and well authenticated account of the hostilities committed by the Ministerial Troops or Navy, whereby any damage has been done to the property of any person or persons in the County of Hartford, in said Colony, since March last, together with the proper evidence of the facts related, the number of the vessels, either inward or outward bound, which have been seized by them since that period, and, as near as may be, their value, with their cargoes on board when taken, and to make return thereof to your Honour: I now beg leave to report that, in obedience to said appointment and direction, I have made diligent inquiry after the damages done by the hostilities of said Troops and Navy, to the property of any person or persons in said County; and, upon such inquiry, do find that a large brigantine, called the Polly, the property of Messieurs Matthew Talcott, Esq., of Middletown, and Captain Jeremiah Wadsworth, of Hartford, both in said County, with a very valuable cargo, the property of said owners and sundry other persons in said County, was, on the 20th day of September last, taken in a hostile manner by his Majestys ship the Nautilus, commanded by Captain John Collins, and carried into Boston, and there sold and disposed of to the use of the captors. That the mariners that were taken in said brigantine (except the master, Giles Sage, of said Middletown, and one of the seamen, Eleazer Treadwell, of Haddam, in said County, who found means to effect their escape) are yet detained in captivity, and have suffered very severe treatment, and that some of them have been compelled to fight against their country.
The value of said brigantine, with her furniture and appurtenances, as near as can be found, will appear from the annexed affidavit of Captain George Starr, of said Middletown, and said Giles Sage, the master, (who was taken prisoner in her,) and the particulars of her cargo. The persons to whom it belonged, and the value of each particular, will likewise appear from the annexed account, supported by the affidavit of said Giles Sage and Eleazer Treadwell; and the capture, with the subsequent proceedings of the captors, are stated and proved by the following depositions of Giles Sage and Eleazer Treadwell aforesaid.
I beg leave to add, that I do not find that any other damage hath been done by any acts of hostility to the property of any person or persons in said County, except in the capture and confiscation of said brigantine as aforesaid.
All which is humbly submitted by your Honours most obedient and most humble servant,
An Account of the Brigantine POLLY, Vessel and Cargo, GILES SAGE Master, taken by his Majestys Ship the NAUTILUS, commanded by Captain JOHN COLLINS, on the 20th of SEPTEMBER last, and carried into BOSTON, and converted to the use of the Ministerial Army and Navy there; in which is contained the value of said Brigantine, the particular articles of which her Cargo consisted, with the names of the persons to whom each article in particular did belong; as follows, to wit:
The property of MATTHEW TALCOTT, Esq., and Captain JEREMIAH WADSWORTH, Merchants:
The Property of RICHARD ALSOP, Esq.
The Property of TITUS HOSMER.
The Property of ELISHA BREWSTER.
The Property of SAMUEL RUSSELL.
The Property of Messrs. WADSWORTH and BARNARD.
The Property of RETURN MEIGS.
The Property of STEPHEN RANNY.
The Property of JEREMIAH WETMORE.