New Hanover County. }
On the fifteenth day of May, 1776, Personally appeared before me, William Purviance, one of the Justices of the said County, David Ketcham, who being duly sworn on the holy Evangelists of Almighty God, did depose and say that in a Conversation he had with William Miller on or about the eighth day of this Instant May, he asked the said Miller what News; he answered, no News particular, but that there were a great many of the King's forces come in. He said that the common People had been led into an Error by some cunning and designing Men who wanted to advance themselves into Places of profit and honour, and that many People now began to be convinced of their Error, and that many of the Officers were about resigning their Commissions after what had passed. This deponent then asked the said William Miller whether the People would suffer the Troops to land. He answered they might as well, for it was only the leaders they wanted, and said they might as well or had better deliver them up, and further this deponent saith not.