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William Hyman being sworn on the Holy Avangelists of Almighty God Deposeth & sayth as follows (to wit) that James Sharard asked him if he coud keep a Secret and after heA while he took a Book a Book and put it into this Deponants hand, & he the sd. Sharard said to this Dept. you shall keep this close & not reveal it to any but such as I shall Teach you, then he the sd. Sharrard Read the Constitution, & this Dept. objected to some Articles in sd. Constitution—but swore as follows—(to wit) that he this Dept. shoud Defend & protect all Drafted Distres'd or Opprest Persons or them that are called Tories as far as lies as wee think ourselves fully able and if the king conquers the Country that wee shall save our Estates, & that the sd. Sharard told him that it woud be necessary for each man to provide himself with half a pound of powder & Ball, Lead, and this Dept. further sayth that the Scheme was to Drop it being Discoverd And this Dept. farther sayth that ^Sharard informd him that^ Luallen had used Many Endeavours to before he brought him in the Scheme ^& that^ Mr. Sharard had Represented the state Oath to this Dept. in a very Dredfull light Contrary to what he Now finds it, & further this Dept. Sayth not.

Sworn before me the 4th July 1777.

John Everitt

The Dept. of
Wm. Hyman
agt. James Sherrod.