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Saturday, November 24, 2007

November 24. 1778
Several days past we learned from a paper that our former ship Dolton is now commanded by Captain George Tarton and is aptly named the Fortune since she is more profitable than any other English privateer since the French have entered the conflict.

We have been watching the English busy at work building a fort on Drake’s Island and another fort further up the sound. We suppose they are anxious about a possible French invasion.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

November 11. 1778
James Shilder, Martin Shaw and Will Van Dusen got drunk today and complained when they could not buy more strong beer at the gate. They threw stones, shoes and bones at Mr. Cowdry's office breaking his windows to display their displeasure. A number of other men joined in hoping to also get drunk before they enlisted in the British navy. The Captain of the militia decided not to bring in his armed men to break up the riot but rather waited for the main body of prisoners to turn in the ring leaders which we did. These were then promptly placed in the black hole.

Friday, November 09, 2007

November 9, 1778
Today we learn that more of the men have put in their names to join the British navy, sick of their time here. Thirteen others were released on October 22.
Alexander Neal
James Lyons
Samuel Williams
Matthew Clear
Matthew Branson
John Steward
John Dagon
Joseph Engerson
Aaron Twidgley
Edward Hart
John Wigens
Willian Foord
Cuf Scott a negro