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Sunday, December 31, 2006

December 31. 1777
Tomorrow the act committing us to this prison passed by Parliament in February will expire. Considerable discussion and speculation runs through the yard about what will happen to us next. There are rumors that we shall be soon exchanged. Others anticipate that Parliament will renew the act and that we shall remain here indefinitely. However, with the capture of Burgoyne’s army it seems that our situation is changed and that we may be considered prisoners of war rather than rebels and pirates. Our treatment has started to improve of late. Perhaps we shall leave this place yet with our lives.

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