DEPOSITION OF JOHN SMITH, 1765
Cumberland County, ss.
Personally appeared me, One of his Majesty’s Justices of the Peace for said County, John Smith, Who, upon his solemn Oath, Declares and Saith, That some Time in May last, he, this Depont, had Occasion to go to Justice Smith’s, & at One Cunningham’s Tavern, near said Smith’s, he was in Company with about Thirty Men under Arms with an intent, as he apprehended, to stop goods from going Backward, after some Time Robert Allison was Coming past said Tavern with some Mares & Colts, which they thought to be Pack Horses, & said it would be well to shoot them; however, Allison passed on & alighted at Justice Smith’s House, where was Thomas Orbison, William Duffield & Samuel Davis, & this Depont saith that those Men, the Tavern, said they would Whip the above Mentioned Allison before he left that place, unless he would give satisfaction to them for attempting to Carry out the Goods which were Destroyed near Sidelong Hill, & this Deponent saith he saw the same People passing & Repassing between the said Tavern & Justice Smith’s House.
Sworn 22d July, 1765, Before
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