. . . .upon my Arrival in Charles Town I was taken before the persons in power there who informed me that I must take an Oath to the State or that my property would be confiscated being in their Custody and power and reflecting on the distressed Situation I had left my Father and his Family in England. The Inevitable ruin and distress my refusal would bring upon my Wife and Children that it was not in my power to do any Service to Government in my present Circumstances I submitted to the restraint laid upon me and continued to reside on my Plantn in the Country. . . .