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[335] He then defied the ropemakers to a boxing match;
Chap XLIII.} 1770. March
and, one of them accepting his challenge, he was beaten off. Returning with several of his companions, they too were driven away. A larger number came down to renew the fight with clubs and cutlasses, and in their turn encountered defeat. By this time Gray and others interposed, and for that day prevented further disturbance.1

There was an end of the affair at the Ropewalk, but not at the barracks, where the soldiers inflamed each other's passions, as if the honor of the regiment were tarnished.2 On Saturday they prepared bludgeons;3 and being resolved to brave the citizens on Monday night,4 they forewarned their particular acquaintance not to be abroad. Without duly restraining his men, Carr, the Lieutenant Colonel of the twenty-ninth, made complaint to the Lieutenant Governor of the insult they had received.5

The Council, deliberating on Monday, seemed of opinion, that the town would never be safe from quarrels between the people and the soldiers, as long as soldiers should be quartered among them. In the present case the owner of the Ropewalk gave satisfaction by dismissing the workman complained of.

The officers should, on their part, have kept their men within the barracks after night-fall. Instead of it they left them to roam the streets. Hutchinson should have insisted on measures of precaution;6 but

1 Boston Narrative, 14, 15.

2 James Bowdoin in the Boston Narrative.

3 John Fisher's Deposition in Boston Narrative, 40; S. Adams in Boston Gazette of 31 Dec. 1770.

4 S. Adams, in Boston Gazette, 24 Dec. 1770.

5 Hutchinson's Hist. III. 270, 271.

6 Gordon's Hist. of American Revolution, i. 281.

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