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Tuesday, July 04, 2006

July 4. 1777
One year ago America declared its independence from Britain. Little did any of us know that we should be fully dependent on the British, on their soil, in this prison one short year later. Despite our plight we were all cheered to hear news that John Knowlton, our cashier, and Mr. Smith, master of the Charming Sally regained their independence by making their escape from the Royal Hospital on the 2nd instant.

A fleet of transports consisting of 40 sails bound for America put in here at Plymouth harbor today facing a stiff headwind and unable to make any progress in the channel. They will remain here until the wind becomes favorable.

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