From The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography. XV (1908): 292-95
Submitted by Barbara W. Tedford
The Hon'ble The President of The Committee of Safety in Williamsburg.
Sir: Inclosed are the proceedings of a court of commissioners which was held this day for the examination of John Wilkie.
The court appointed persons to take into their care the effects which he has in this county: these as far as we can learn are two vessels and their appertenances, and a few dry goods. Wilkie is at present in the guard house from whence he is extremely anxious to be removed. An express waits on you with this, at his return we beg directions.
We are Very respectfully, Sir, Your obed't H'ble Serv't,
Warner Lewis, Jr.,
Jas. M. Fontaine
Gloucester, April 4th, 1776
One of Wilkie's vessells of about 1,800 bushels burthen, is particularly calculated for fast sailing, we mention this circumstance because we think probable that the commettee of safety may want such a vessel.
At a Court of Commissioners held at Gloucester Court house on Thursday; the 4th day of April, 1776, for the examination of John Wilkie touching his conduct as being inimical to this Colony.
Present: Warner Lewis, Jun'r, Sir John Peyton & James M. Fontaine, Gent.
John Wilkie who stood charged with practices inimical to this Colony was this day brought before the above commissioners in order for his trial, and also came a jury, to-wit: Thomas Boswell, Wm. Harwood, John Howlett, Jonathan Lyall, John FOx, John Seawell, Thomas Hughes, Morddecal Throckmorton, John New, George Gayle, James Thomas, & Mordecal Cooke, who were elected, tried & sworn, & after having heard the evidence, retired for some time & there returned with their verdict, being in these words: "We find John Wilkie guilty of giving intelligence to our enemies, and going on board the Man of War intentionally. John Lyall." Therefore it is considered by the said Commissioners that he is guilty of the charges laid against him, and ordered that he be remanded to the guard house until the farther orders of the Committee of Safety.
Copy. Jasper Clayton
In Committee of Safety at Williamsburg, April 5th, 1776.
The proceedings of the Court of Commissioners for Gloucestar County on the trial of John Wilkie who was taken up and chargedd with being inimical to the American cause was returned to this board, whereby it appears that the said John Wilkie is quilty of giving intelligence to the enemy and going on board their ships of war intentionally.
Ordered that he be removed from Gloucester under a proper guard to this city, and that the said Court do cause a true and perfect inventory and appraisement of the said Wilkie's estate within the said County to be made and returned to this board.
The Appraisement of John Wilkie's Estate in Current Money:
Apprais'd by William Huggins and Thomas Flippin. This 18th Day of April, 1776.