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Understanding that the first object of the Insurgents was to surprize and
disarm the troops at the Barracks I feared to weaken them in the night by
withdrawing any Troops into the Town but soon after daylight arrived
I wrote a note to Captain Stack stating that I thought he might then
spare us some Troops without danger and requesting that he would send
to the Westgate immediately as many of the Men under his command as he
could detach without endangering his own position - In a short time -
afterwards Lieutenant Gray appeared in front of the Westgate at the head of
30 men whom he formed in front of the house. I went
out and requested
that he would march them into the yard behind the House and
ordered the doors of the yard to be closed. The men were formed
in the yard and I then took Lieutenant Gray into a large
room on the ground floor of the house forming the South
East Wing of the Building the Windows of which commanded the
area in front of the House and the door of which commanded the
entrance passages and told Lieutenant Gray that I proposed that his
Men should be placed in that room if he approved of the position.

He said it would do extremely well but as it had been
occupied during the night by the Special Constables and prisoners
it must be ventilated before the Men could be marched into it.
The windows were accordingly thrown open and the lower half of
the shutters closed and fastened in which state they remained
after the troops had marched into the Room which they did as
soon as it was ventilated -

I conferred with Lieutenant Gray upon the position in
which we were placed and the duties which we might probably
be called upon to perform and he told me that the Men had
loosened their ammunition, but had not loaded and that as
his Detachment consisted principally of young Men who had
never been in action and who in a moment of confusion &
noise might possibly if they had loaded fire without orders
he was disposed not to load whilst he continued in the House
unless ordered to act - I told him he was the best
Judge of what he ought to do in that respect and
that the reasons he gave for not loading at once
were probably sufficient ~ ~

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