"...declareth and saith, that Aaron, mulatto lad of about 16 years of age, now on board his Majesty's ship the Swan,... is an indented servant to Samuel Tompkins, of Prudence aforesaid, son-in-law to the said Samuel Thurston, ... "
"That to their certain knowledge, Aaron, a mulatto lad, who is also an indented servant to the said Samuel Tompkins, and now...on board of a man-of-war, has not been off from said island for many months preceding the 2d day of July..."
"... saith, that Aaron,... is an indented servant to the deponent; that he is fully persuaded the said Aaron hath not been off from the said island more than once or twice for twelve months preceding the 2d day of July..."
"...In about half an hour after, we joined seventeen boats from Providence, commanded, ... by John Brown. ...I saw Brown fire a musket when in the boat ...; the captain of the schooner immediately fell from the place he was standing on;..."
"...this deponent, ... were then come to demand that Aaron, ...who was charged with being concerned in the attacking and burning the schooner Gaspee, ... might be delivered to the deputy sheriff in pursuance of a warrant for that purpose; ..."
"...The next morning one of' his neighbors came and told him the Gaspee was burnt and the captain wounded, and that an express had arrived in town for a surgeon to dress the wounds of the officer, ..."
"...Q.—What reason had you to suppose you was unsafe? A.—On Monday night, the fifth inst., I went into the public house ...there were about twenty armed men in the road,...who, he said, were come to take him alive or dead,..."
"...when they got on board there were about four of the schooner's men on deck, and the rest were coming up out of the hold, and somebody said knock 'em down and kill them, no matter what you do with them; that this deponent did not know the Browns,…
"...I was on board of ...the sloop Fortune...having a quantity of rum on board, belonging to Nathaniel Greene & Co...an officer of the ...Gaspee,...came on board and asked this deponent if he would take any freight on board;..."