This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1804 Excerpt: ... the king's officers... During the latter end of the preceding year, the troops who remained in the city of Boston had heen treated with the most provoking insolence; tliey were lampooned and abused in the newspapers; ridiculed and reviled when met in the streets; and disturhed or interrupted in the discharge of their duty. At length. Šn the day above-mentioned, a dispute arising hetween two or three young men of the town and as many soldiers, virulent language, and blows ensued: the soldiers proved victorious. A mob collected round the custom-house, And assaulted the cenrinefs, then on duty, with stones, snow-balls, Bfc. Onne alarm heing given, the main guard, composed of the S9ih, marched to llie place j and captain Preston, heing the officer on guard, shortly after proceeded hither himself. 'I he mob had now increased to some thousands, and hecome very violent They attacked the Soldiers with stones and clubs. Captain Preston prevented his men from firing as long s he was able; but, at length, their lives heing in danger, they were obliged to use their arms in their own defence: four of the insurgents were killed, and as many Wounded. The alaim hells were rung, and the drums heat to arms. Lieuienant-colonel Dalrymple, on the I4th, who was the senior fieldofficer, was applied to by the magistrates to restore peace. The guards were immediately ordered ack, and all the arms examined, to discover who had fired, but without effect; for it is said not one dirty firelock could he found, either among the men or in the barracks. Captain Camphell was of singular service on this occasion, in keeping the men in their zooms; his influence among them heing very great. Captain Preston was captain of the day; and, notwithstanding vhis moderation and humanity towards...
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