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Saturday, April 22, 2006

April 22. 1777
We are not as free and do not have as much space to move about now that this ship’s crew is nearly at full complement. However, nearly a third of the Dolton people are now already on shore at the hospital. We are still allowed time for fresh air and sun on the quarter deck each day but we receive heckling from some of the new British crew and their visitors which makes our time on the quarter deck unpleasant. Some seem not aware that we Americans are of British stock and seem surpised that they can understand our speech. We are continually told that our new lodgings will be soon ready at Mill Prison but after a while this news becomes stale although most of us would welcome prison walls on solid ground after close confinement in the hold of a man o’ war.

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