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Wednesday, September 13, 2006

September 13. 1777
Yesterday Mr. Bell, a commissioner from the Commission of Sick and Hurt Seamen, came from London to visit us and address grievances and complaints made known to them by our officers. He came to the prison at the time of our provisions being dished out to see for himself our actual allotment and our condition. Mr. Bell informed us that we were free to make our complaints known to the Commission at any time. Today we wrote up a detailed list of grievances, including the ill treatment by our keeper Mr. Cowdry and his turnkeys. This letter was read in the yard under a gray sky before all of the American prisoners and then sealed and presented to Mr. Bell to be taken back to London with him. I wonder if we shall see benefit or suffer for this action.

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