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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

May 22. 1778
Two days ago Mr. Welch, 2nd lieutenant of the Lexington crew escaped with the aid of one of the sentries. That night and yesterday a ruse was played on the guards to cover his escape by having a boy counted twice when entering the prison. The guards entered the officer’s quarters a second time last night and found Mr. Welch missing upon which they made a search for him, to no avail. We were mustered this morning to look for any other missing prisoners. John Adair tried to make his escape over the wall today but was soon captured and committed to the Black Hole. Because of this we were all punished by being sent into the prison at mid-afternoon.

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