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Wednesday, March 15, 2006

March 15. 1777
Several of us are discussing plans for escaping this ship. We are moored several cable lengths from shore which makes swimming very difficult, especially with the cold water at this season. Very few of us are capable of swimming such a distance and most are not capable of swimming at all. We also have considered commandeering one of the ship’s boats during the night but we have observed the sentries to be vigilant and this to not be an option. With poor health, little clothing and no money or friends on shore it would be impossible for us to make our way to safe haven in France. One or two individuals might possibly make their escape and we may sponsor one or two volunteers when the time is right to carry messages for us back to America.

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