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Deposition of John Stephen concerning the behavior of William Dry
Stephen, John
September 13, 1775
Volume 09, Page 1239

[B. P. R. O. Am. & W. Ind.: No. Carolina, No. 222.]
Deposition of John Stephen about the Loyalty of Colonel William Dry.

John Stephen, Purser of His Majesty's Sloop Cruizer, being sworn the 15th September 1775 on the Holy Evangelist of Almighty God deposeth and saith,

That some time in April last, the day on which William Hooper, one of the Delegates of this Province embarked for Philadelphia to meet the Congress, this Deponent was in Roger's Tavern at Brunswick, when Mr Willm Dry the Collector of the Customs at that place was in company with the said Delegate, and that upon the said William Dry taking his leave of the said delegate, This Deponent heard the said William Dry (after Wishing him health and safe return) tell the said William Hooper to be resolute, and not give up a single point to them, meaning as this Deponent conceived the People of Great Britain, upon which the said Hooper replied, he hoped they would act with prudence, and furtherr this Deponent saith not.


Additional Notes for Electronic Version: A copy of this deposition in the British Public Records Office indicates that it was created on September 13, not September 15, as is indicated on the document.