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‘ [73] Fight of the Regulars,’ contains ‘A Funeral Elegy, to the Immortal Memory of those Worthies who were slain in the Battle of Concord, April 19, 1775,’ from which we extract the following lines:
Let's not forget the Danvers race,
     So late in battle slain,
Their valor and their courage shown,
     Upon this crimson'd plain.
Seven of your youthful sprightly sons
     In the fierce fight were slain.

Menotomy and Charletown met
     A sore and heavy stroke,
In losing five of their townsmen
     Who fell by a tyrant's yoke.
Unhappy Lynn and Beverly,
     Your loss I do bemoan,
Five your brave sons in dust doth lie,
     Who late were in the bloom.

As this hand-bill originated with E. Russell's Salem Gazette, the elegy included these four lines on Mr. Benjamin Peirce:

We sore regret poor Pierce's death,
     A stroke to Salem known,
Where tears did flow from every brow,
     When the sad tidings come.1

The destruction of property attempted by the British, both by fire and pillage, during their retreat through Menotomy, was considerable, but the pressure of the pursuit by the Provincials prevented much. Smith mentions several houses which were entered on the main street. The damage done to the meetinghouse and school-house in the Northwest Precinct of Cambridge was estimated to amount to £ 0.13.4; and the vessels, linen, and cash, belonging to the church of said Precinct, taken out of the house of Joseph Adams, deacon of said church, as by his account exhibited on oath, amounted to £ 16. 16. 8. The whole losses suffered in Cambridge amount to £ 1202. 8. 7.—See Paige, 415-16.

The next disaster to Menotomy people, as the British continued their retreat, was the killing of Jabez Wyman and Jason Winship, at Cooper's tavern, the spot where a monumental tablet

1 Felt, in his Annals of Salem, II. 519, mentions Peirce as killed by the British at the Battle of Lexington, and states that other persons from Salem rode to the place of the engagement.

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