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Joseph Woolcombe

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3 ho˙ P˙ M˙, Die Martis, Jantary 23, 1776.

The Committee met pursuant to adjournment.

Present: Mr˙ Joseph Hallett, Chairman, Mr˙ Brewster, Mr˙ Tredwell, Mr˙ Clarke, Mr˙ Sands, Colonel McDougall, Colonel Brasher.

Joseph Woolcombe, Mate of the ship Blue-Mountain-Valley, was brought before the Committee. He says he had not any other Letters than those taken from him when searched; that he was mate of the ship; that twenty-five or twenty-six transports sailed with their vessel, which was the whole number then in the Downs: there were other transports taken up; that their ship was loaded with porter and coals; that two transports, with horse, came out and went to the West-Indies for winter-quarters; that he had no verbal instructions, but to deliver the Letters on board of the man-of-war; that the ship was to stand-in, in the night, for him, which would be about twenty-four hours after he left her, and, if he did not arrive in four hours after, the ship was to put off for Boston.

Joseph Woolcombe says he chooses to go on board of one of the men-of-war. Thereupon, he was discharged, and the Letters found with him were delivered to him, and a permit was given to him, in the words following, to wit:

Ordered, That Joseph Woolcombe be permitted to go on board either of His Majesty' s ships-of-war, now lying in the Harbour of New-York, unmolested.

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