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made his appearance in the passage opposite to the Pantry and when preparing
to thrust at one of us fell at my feet on his face and lay there with
scarcely any motion apparently dying - After several unsuccessful attempts to tie
up my arm the blood was staunched and I then approached the door
of the Pantry for the purpose of learning the state of affairs at this
moment one of the Soldiers who had approached the door of the room
in which they were placed not being able to distinguish me through
the smoke presented his musket at me within a few feet of my
head when Lobbett the person who bound up my arm called out
"for God's sake don't fire it is the Mayor" whereupon the Soldier
threw up his piece and I went into the room and remained there till
the firing had ceased. In my judgement the firing continued altogether
about 10 minutes. When all was over and it seemed probable that a
second attack would not be attempted I went into a bedroom where
my wounds were dressed. Mr Wm Brewer who describes the wound on
the arm as having been produced by slugs - and the wound in the
hip as caused by a bullet. In a short time afterwards Mr Blewett and the
Reverend Mr. Coles came to me and at my request Mr Blewett consented to
remain in the town and take my place. --- -- --

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/Co/ntemptible trickery
/to/ Deprive a brave
/m/an of his n_eed of
/pr/aise

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