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Friday, March 10, 2006

March 10. 1777
I have taken ill today with aches over my entire body, fever and loss of appetite. Guppy Studley said he had never seen me devoid of hunger before therefore I must truly be sick and not looking for an excuse for him to wait on me. Our surgeon, Dr. Smith, told me I must move to an area in our quarters reserved for our sick. There are now quite a few of our number in the same condition. He told me the Burford’s surgeon will be inspecting us in two days and if I am not on the mend I may be sent on shore to the Royal Hospital. My friend Joseph Shillaber, a Portsmouth man, has loaned me his blanket to help relieve my chills.

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