Examination of John Wolley


John Woolley being examined, says that he was on board of the British ships once lately; that he was carried on board against his consent, and by violence; that this happened on last Wednesday a week, about noon, under the shore of Nassau-Island, opposite to Frog' s Point; that two ships were there, one named the Bloom, as appeared by the name on the stern; that he went to bring a boat home to be unrigged, and by that means was taken; that he was not ill treated on board the ship, and his boat was returned, the reason whereof was, he believes, that his brother had been on board, and has been a warm partisan for the British fleet and army; that he could have gone on board frequently if he had chose it; that he did not mean to join the enemy; that a brother of his, the examinant, was with him when he was taken; that he was asked on board if he could furnish them with provisions, or if they could be supplied in the neighbourhood; that he answered in the negative, and told them the cattle were all drove off; that he did not learn any of the designs of the enemy, but heard some of the soldiers say that they expected a large reinforcement of twenty thousand men; that he is an Associator; that his father owned the boat he went for; that Philip Woolley was with him when he was taken; that they called him a Rebel when he was taken; that he saw Isaac Barns from the New City Island, in Westchester County, on board, and also two negroes belonging to Henry Allen.

John Wooley withdrew.

Major Thome, of Queen' s County, called in as a witness, says: That John Wooley has behaved peaceably, and has not, to his knowledge, said or done any thing in the American cause on either side; that he has been excused from military duty, as a ferryman, and that he is an invalid; that he heard at Huntington that the Wooleys were removing their boats from his wharf to Captain Wooley' s, and were intercepted by a barge; that Captain Wooley' s family in general, through the influence of his son Thomas, is esteemed disaffected to the American cause.

Mr˙ Henry Stocker says, that John Wooley has behaved very peaceably, and said nothing on either side in the American cause; that Wooley' s cattle has been removed, and John Wooley says that he removed those that were brought to his house; that he heard that Wooley' s ferry-boat was removed to Major Thome' s dock; that he does not know, nor has not heard, that John Wooley has supplied the enemy' s ships with provisions.

The Committee determined to admit John Wooley to bail, if he can find two good sureties to be bound with him, for his peaceable and good behaviour, and remaining on the


main land in this State. The said John Wooley to be bound in the penalty of fifty pounds, and the said sureties in the sum of twenty-five pounds each.

And Ordered, That the President inform the said John Wooley thereof in time of the adjournment, and direct him to inform the Committee in the afternoon whether he can obtain sureties and who they are.