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Sunday, March 05, 2006

Feb 26. 1777
A newspaper provided to us by a friend was discreetly circulated amongst us today. In it we read that Parliament has passed a motion by 112 to 35 declaring us guilty of high treason. We are to be committed to prison without bail until January 1, 1778 at which time we we shall be put on trial. It is three months since we sailed from Portsmouth and if all had gone according to plan we should be soon returning to that port with full pockets and resting again in our own beds. Instead, we are condemned to wait for nearly a year before we face trial and then likely the end of a noose. Without my liberty I can do nothing for my family or for my country in this position and shall take any opportunity to make my escape before I face trial.

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