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Sunday, March 19, 2006

March 19. 1777
Joseph Shillaber is very sick with the fever and the surgeon ordered that he be sent up to the hospital with several others. Joseph is one of my best friends from the time that I was a boy in Portsmouth. I fear for his well being as he is not that strong. I was surprised when he appeared at the inn the night Captain Johnston started recruiting for crew members of the Dolton since he is better with book keeping than sea going ways. However, he insisted in participating in the war against the British and the prize money would assist him since his father’s business was faltering due to the blockade of the American coast. When we left Portsmouth I took it upon myself to watch after him and show him the ropes. I will care for his few possessions while he is gone. Guppy and I shall miss him while he is gone.

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