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Examination and Parole of John Simpson, Samuel Cox, William Elder, William McDermot, James Auchmuty Joseph Woolcomb, and Richard Bruer


Examination of WILLIAM ELDER.

William Elder, a North Briton, about five feet eight inches in height, aged twenty-five, light eyes, fair complexion, and dark brown hair, being examined, says he came from Scotland via Falmouth, in the packet last spring was a year; that he came out as a volunteer with Colonel Allan Maclean, who, on his arrival, went to Boston; that the examinant received a letter from Major Small, informing this examinant that Colonel Maclean had recommended him and requested him to come to Boston; that the examinant took passage in the ship Sally, bound to Boston; that on the 6th of March last, the said ship was cast away on the south side of Long Island, and he taken prisoner and brought to New York, where he remained a prisoner till yesterday, when he was sent to this place.



I, William Elder, being made a prisoner of war by the Army of the Thirteen United Colonies in North America, do promise and engage, on my word and honour, and on the faith of a gentleman, to depart from hence to the town of Bedford, in Westchester County, in the Province of New York, being the place of my destination and residence; and there, or within six miles thereof, to remain during the present war between Great Britain and the said United Colonies, or until the Congress of the said United Colonies, or the Assembly, Convention, or Committee or Council of Safety of the said Colony, shall order otherwise; and that I will not, directly or indirectly, give any intelligence whatsoever to the enemies of the United Colonies, or do or say anything in opposition to, or in prejudice of, any Congress for the said Colonies during the present troubles, or until I am duly exchanged or discharged.

Given under my hand this 6th day of July, A˙ D˙ 1776.