off Castle William, in the hope to intimidate
Chap. XXXVII.} 1768. Sept.
the Council; but without success.
At that moment Montresor, the engineer, arrived express from General Gage
, to assist in recovering the Castle
, if he should find it in the hands of the rebels; and he brought an order to land not one but both the regiments within the settled part of the town of Boston
The first of October, the order was to be execut-
ed. The Governor on the occasion stole away into the country, leaving Dalrymple
to despise ‘his want of spirit,’3
and ‘to take the whole upon himself,’ without the presence of a civil officer.
As if they were come to an enemy's country,4
eight ships of war with tenders were placed by the wharfs, with loaded cannon, and springs on their cables, so that they commanded the town; after this, the fourteenth and twenty-ninth regiments and a part of the fiftyninth, with a train of artillery and two pieces of cannon, effected their landing5
on the Long Wharf
Each soldier having received sixteen round of shot, they marched with drums beating, fifes playing, and colors flying, through the streets of the defenceless, unarmed, quiet town, which made not the least show of resistance, and by four in the afternoon they paraded on Boston Common.
‘All their bravadoes ended as may be imagined,’ said an officer.
‘Men are not easily brought to ’