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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 JOSEPH WOOLCOMBE.

Joseph Woolcombe, a native of Topsham, in Devonshire, in Old England, being examined, says he was formerly mate on board the ship Blue Mountain Valley, a transport ship; was cast away in the ship Sally on the south side of Long Island, (bound to Boston,) taken prisoner and sent to New York, and from thence to this place; he is about five feet eight inches in height, light eyes and complexion, light brown hair, and well set.



I, Joseph Woolcombe, 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 township 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, the measures and proceedings 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.

Chief Mate of the Ship Blue Mountain Valley.