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Wednesday, February 28, 2007

February 28. 1778
We hear today that America has made an Alliance with France on the 26th of this month. We know no details but some in this prison come out in favor of this arrangement and are rejoicing supposing it will hasten the end of the war with England. I am not so sure about this alliance as I believe it will just replace one task master with another in the end.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

February 27. 1778
Yesterday we had more snow than any previously this winter. The men and boys spent much effort at snow ball fights in the yard. Today there has been declared a great public fast throughout all of England.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

February 21. 1778
Yesterday we each received a checked linen handkerchief from Mr. Heath and Mr. Sorrey. Today the American officers remaining in this prison were removed to be housed with the other officers in an apartment where the masons have just completed a fireplace.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

February 17. 1778
Yesterday we had enough snow to cover the ground. Today it has turned clear and cold. The two sentries that assisted our officers in their escape have been captured.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

February 13. 1778
After the surrender of Burgoyne’s army it was fully expected that his troops would be paroled and returned to Britain as is common. But we hear today that the American Congress has decided otherwise and that these troops will remain in captivity in America.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

February 4. 1778
15 sail arrived in the Sound today and it is said by some that it is part of Burgoyne’s fleet as they are expected soon.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Sunday February 1. 1778
Cloudy. Our Captain Eleazer Johnston along with captains Henry Johnston, Boardman, Samuel Treadwell and Richard Deal made their escape last night at about 9 PM from their prison with the aid of two sentinels sympathetic to our cause. The sentinels were given suits of clothes to replace their proper uniforms by Captain Henry Johnston and they also made their escape but were soon captured.