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Witness on behalf of Joel Stone of Connecticut

Having been required by Mr. Joel STONE, late of the County of Litchfield, in the Colony of Connecticut, but now residing the City of London, to give him a Certificate as far as my knowledge extends. I do Certify, that in the year 1776 when I was Confined as a Prisoner at Litchfield aforesaid; the said Joel Stone was introduced to me as a person of Character and family, attached to the British Government.

I found him to be such, and that from the Confidence the Loyalists through the Country placed in him he would be a proper person to assist me in making my escape to New York which he readily undertook, and carried me through the Country at a very great risque of his life and property.

It being shortly after discovered that he had assisted the Loyalists in making their escape to the Kings Army, he was under the necessity of leaving his home, and taking refuge in New York. On his coming into New York, he attempted to get into the Military line, but was disappointed, he then went into Trade, and was so well respected that he was appointed a Captn. in the City Militia, and acquitted himself with honour.

I always understood that he had a handsome Real Estate in the County of Litchfield, at the time of his being Compell’d to escape to New York, and that he was in very good business as a Trader in Connecticut.

Mayor of the City of
New York in

London February 12th 1784

Great Britain, Public Record Office, Treasury, Class I, Volume 634, folio I95.

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