‘  says he, let us finish the mug—they won't come yet. He died as a fool dieth. The woman you speak of was Deacon Adams's wife. She had newly been brought to bed a few days before. The Regulars came into the house, and one of them presented his piece at her, but she screamed for mercy, and another prevented his firing, but pulled off the clothes and told her to get out of the way; or, to use their phrase, to make herself scarce. So she went off, but I know not where. Her children were some of them under the bed, and I think remained undiscovered; they set the house on fire, but it was soon put out. They set John Cutter's house on fire, but by the activity of our people it was soon put out. Our people pressed so hard upon them that they had not time to execute their Master's will so fully as they desired. Menotomy meeting-house received no other damage than some of the windows being broken, and some balls from small arms shot into it. Lexington meeting-house had a cannon ball, a six-pounder, shot through it, besides many small arms fired into it. They broke the windows of Mr. Cooke's house, and fired into it, and the kitchen, the setty room and the best room northeast. They plundered as much as the time would admit, took, broke and destroyed what they could. Jason Russell, the old man, was the person killed, and in his house; whose death I have mentioned in my other letter. It was not your brother Harrington that was killed,1 nor his son. It was Moses Harrington's son. It runs in my mind there were two of that name killed, but I forget whose son the other was. * * * I have just made inquiry, and am informed that Jason Winship and Wyman were the persons killed, who were unarmed, and had not been in the engagement; but were solacing themselves at the tavern the chief of the day; and both died like fools.’At about the time of the killing of Wyman and Winship, Mr. Samuel Whittemore was wounded by the British flank-guard and left for dead, being the one wounded man of Menotomy mentioned in the lists of the American losses on that day. He was struck down nearly in the rear of Cooper's tavern, about where on ‘Russell Park’ a monumental tablet has recently been erected (1878), with this inscription: ‘Near this spot Samuel Whittemore, then eighty years old, killed three British soldiers, April 19, 1775. He was shot, bayoneted, beaten, and left for dead, but recovered, and lived to be ninety-eight years of age.’ A sketch of him is given in the Genealogies. He was a prominent citizen of the Precinct, and the progenitor of a great portion of the Whittemore family here. Paige, in his Hist.
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