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Thursday, August 31, 2006

August 31. 1777
Someone smuggled a newspaper into the prison today from which we have the sad confirmation that Ticonderoga and Philadelphia have truly fallen.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

August 29.1777
Today the doctor sent me back to the Long Prison. I am still lame and weak but much better than just a few days past. Guppy and Joseph will tend to me as I recover.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

August 24. 1777
Today Daniel Cottle, a negro from our crew died of the small pox. He had volunteered to work in the small pox ward to tend to our sick but was taken instead. He is the sixth member of our crew to die since our arriving here in England. He will be missed.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

August 22. 1777
Today we had disheartening news that Fort Ticonderoga has fallen to the British, also that the frigate Hancock, 36 guns, Capt. Manley is taken.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

August 19. 1777
The prison surgeon tells me I should be discharged from the hospital in about a week.

Our clerk, Samuel Cutler is also in the hospital. He has tallied the total number of American prisoners to be 234. Of these 188 are in the Long Prison, 26 on half allowance do, 16 in the hospital with us and four in a separate prison with Capt. Burnell.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

August 17. 1777
I continue in the prison hospital and feel somewhat better.

Captain Lee and his crew from the Brig Fancy have been brought to the prison over the past several days. The Fancy was owned by the Tracy’s of Newburyport but sailed from Marblehead. The Fancy was taken by the Foudroyant having been driven on shore by said ship at Mount’s Bay. Before her capture she had taken four prizes.

Monday, August 14, 2006

August 14. 1777
I continue in the prison hospital. My pox have come out but not so bad as with some others and although painful I cannot complain overly. Samuel Lambert from Martha’s Vineyard has lost his eye to the pox. There are eleven of us in the hospital suffering from this ailment.

I hear word that a number of new prisoners are brought to Mill Prison, having recently been captured on American privateers. Also, many of those that escaped on the 9th instant have been captutred and returned to the prison.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

August 9, 1777
I am in the prison hospital with smallpox, but only lightly, having received an innoculation from the surgeon of the Charming Sally. While I have been in the hospital 32 of our number escaped through the hole started in the Long Prison. A number of those who escaped have already been caught and brought back to be committed to the Black Hole.