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Sunday, December 23, 2007

December 23. 1778
Today Mr. Heath and Mr. Sorrey delivered the last of the clothes remaining from the donation, which is a hard blow to us all.

On the 18th instant Captain Ross of our ship escaped from the officer’s prison. On the evening of the 21st instant Mr. Salter and Captain Boardman made their escape but Captain Boardman was later captured and committed to the Black Hole.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

December 18. 1778
We have news again that two ships will be engaged in Portsmouth to carry us to Boston.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

December 16. 1778
It has been over two years since we sailed from Portsmouth and nearly two years since our capture by the Raisonable. There has been some rumor of a cartel being arranged to exchange us for British held captive by the Americans, but our hopes were dashed several days past when we learned that the British Parliament had renewed the act which committed us to Mill Prison in the first place. We also received bad news from Mr. Heath and Mr. Sorrey telling us that the donation money which has greatly helped us is now run out. We are now on regular government rations which are somewhat better in quality than previously.

Two days past John Lott and Indian from the Charming Sally crew died, he being the seventh man to die since we were taken.