In the early 1700s, Caleb Moody (b. 1666), the son of Sargent Caleb Moody Sr. of Newbury, Mass. was assaulted on the King's Highway by the soldier John Stockman (1681-1744), the son of Mr. John Stockman Sr. of Salisbury, Mass. The Moodys and Stockmans were both prominent families in the region. John Stockman was subsequently compelled to produce a confession in which he apologized for his attack on Moody and expressed contrition. The document consists of a single page in which Stockman describes the crime and pleads for forgiveness and reconciliation.