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Wednesday, May 10, 2006

May 10. 1777
Captain Dowell was brought on board the Queen today. He commanded a merchantman in passage from South Carolina to France when taken by the HMS Raisonable, the same ship which took us prisoner.

Our treatment on board this ship is more severe than on the Burford. We are locked down in the lower deck gun deck at sunset and are not allowed up until 8 o’clock in the morning. The gun ports remain shut and at this time of year the air becomes quite warm and stuffy by morning. We have six armed sentries guarding us at all times. We are not allowed pen or paper and therefore I must keep my my journal hid from the guards. We are also not allowed any kind of newspaper. We sleep on the deck again without the comfort of a hammock. The officers and crew of this ship do not show the same Christian charity as we were recently accustomed to.

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