He is an East India Indian.
by Lisa Y. Henderson
TEN DOLLARS REWARD. DESERTED from me the 12th instant on their march for Halifax, two soldiers belonging to the 5th battalion of this state, William Watson and Charles Peters, Watson has deserted five times, he has also cost the public twenty odd pounds for taking him up, and jail fees, he is about five feet ten inches high, dark complected, black hair, lives on or near Bay river, below Newbern. Peters is an East India Indian, formerly the property of Mr. Thomlinson in Newbern. Whoever delivers one or both of the above deserters to me at Bath or to any continental officer, taking their receipt for the same, shall have the above reward. BEN. STEADMAN.
North Carolina Gazette, 15 May 1778.