Parole of Joseph Reade



Whereas I, Joseph Reade, of the City and Province of New-York, Esq˙, have for some time past resided at Windham, in the State of Connecticut, being apprehended and sent thither by the Committee of the Convention of the State of New-York, as one suspected inimical to the United States of America; and whereas, upon my application to his Honour Governour Trumbull, of the State of Connecticut, he hath permitted me to return to New-York to take care of my interest and effects, and there to reside till otherwise ordered: I do hereby pledge my faith and word of honour to said Governour Trumbull, that I will neither bear arms, nor excite or encourage others to bear arms, against this or any other of the United States of America, and that I will not do or say any thing in prejudice of the interest or measures of this, or any, or all, of the United States, in the present controversy with Great Britain; and that I will give no intelligence to the enemies of said States of any of their counsels, operations of war, or other the transactions of this, or any of the United States, and that I will return to any place in this State when required by his said Honour Governour Trumbull, or the General Assembly of this State, or the Convention of the State of New-York for the time being.

In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand, this 24th day of December, A˙ D˙ 1776, at Windham, in the State of Connecticut.