Indictment of Gerrard Slye, 1698 June 2.
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(the Said Le.rs meaning) open and afterwards Sent them (ye Said Le.rs meaning) away, and that I (ye Said Gerrard Meaning) will prove ye Same at home before ye King and Councill (his Royall Majty ye King and the Lords of his Majty most honoble privy Councill of England meaning) And Also on ye Said 30th day of Aprill at Petuxent af.d having comunication wth Wm. Taylard of ye Same County, Gent. and Devers others ^ the sd. Scandalous & defamatory words & Sentences of and concerning ye sd Governr by way of writing of and Concerning ye said Governour did malitiously and Advisedly Invent write and publish that is to Say [Gr. Nic?] of Annapolis) ye said Governr. meaning) is still here at James town meaning) and Every one wondrs what his (ye sd Governr. meaning) buisiness [illegible] [illegible] Cunning) ye said Governr. meaning) [illegible] men that knows him (ye said Governr meaning) and afterwards that is to say on ye 4th day of May 1697: afd. [aforesaid] at James River that is to say at Petuxent in St Maryes County afd. having Comunicacon with Samll Wattkins of ye same County Gent. by writing of and concerning ye said Governr. the sd false Scandalous and Defamatory words of and Concerning ye said Governr. malitiously and advisedly did invent write and publish that is to say I (the sd Gerrard Sly meaning) expected (Old Ratle head) (ye said Governr meaning) there (at Hampton Towne Meaning) if he (the said Governr meaning) had he (ye sd Governr also meaning) had mett wth a broad side Perry (One Jno. Perry of this Province meaning) I (the said Gerrard meaning) taxed with ye message (Old Rattle head) ye Said Governr meaning) sent by him (ye said Jno. Perry meaning) to Mr. Crap [or Crass?] relating to me (the old Dogg) ye Said Perry meaning) denyed Everything but I find him (ye said Perry meaning) a fitt Instrument of mischief for such a purpose therefore he (ye Said Perry meaning) is Singled out on purpose to Gratifye (Old Rattle heads ends) (ye Said Governrs Ends meaning) And afterwards that is to say on ye 26 Day of June in ye Yeare of our Lord 1697 At Plymouth that is to say at St Maryes County afd. having Comunicacon wth one Jno Rogers a Mecht trading into this Province of and Concerning ye sd Governr by writing these false Scandalous and Defatory words by witing malitiously & advisedly did Invent write & publish that is to say (Mr. Nicholson ye Present Governr of Maryland the said Governr meaning is a man of ye worst of Charrecters) though (Nicholson) (ye sd Governr meaning) does what he can to purchase a better but that wont doe among Our Men of thought next ye helme (the Lords of his Majties most honoble Privy Councill and ye Lords of ye Comittee of Trade & plantacons meaning) togeather wth Divers other Defamatory false Scandalous
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