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Parole of Benjamin Whitehead and Others

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PAROLE OF BENJAMIN WHITEHEAD AND OTHERS.

Whereas we, the subscribers, of the City and Province of New-York, have for some time past resided at Middle-town, in the State of Connecticut, being apprehended and sent thither by his Excellency General Washington, as persons suspected of disaffection to the United States of America; and whereas, upon our application, his Honour Jonathan Trumbull, Esq˙, Governour of said State of Connecticut, hath permitted us to return to our families in New-York, and reside there till otherwise ordered, we do hereby pledge our faith and word of honour to said Governour Trumbull, that we will neither bear arms, nor excite or encourage others to bear arms, against this or any of the United States of America, and that we will not do or say any thing in prejudice of the interest or measures of this or any of said United States; that we will give no intelligence to the enemies of said States of any of the counsels, operations of war, or other transactions of this or any of said States; and that we will return to any place in this State, when required by his Honour Governour Trumbull, the General Assembly of Connecticut, or his Excellency the General of the Armies of the United States for the time being.

In witness whereof, we have hereunto set out hands, this 21st day of December, A˙ D˙ 1776.

BENJA' N WHITEHEAD,
RICHARD BETTS,
GEORGE HEWLETT.