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[336] he too much wished the favor of all who had influ-
Chap. XLIII.} 1770. March
ence at Westminster.

Evening came on. The young moon was shining brightly in a cloudless winter sky, and its light was increased by a new fallen snow.1 Parties of soldiers were driving about the streets,2 making a parade of valor, challenging resistance, and striking the inhabitants indiscriminately with sticks or sheathed cutlasses.

A band which rushed out from Murray's Barracks,3 in Brattle Street, armed with clubs, cutlasses and bayonets, provoked resistance, and an affray ensued. Ensign Maul, at the gate of the barrack-yard, cried to the soldiers, ‘Turn out, and I will stand by you; kill them; stick them; knock them down; run your bayonets through them;’4 and one soldier after another levelled a firelock and threatened to ‘make a lane’ through the crowd. Just before nine, as an officer crossed King Street, now State Street, a barber's lad cried after him, ‘There goes a mean fellow who hath not paid my master for dressing his hair;’ on which the sentinel stationed at the westerly end of the Custom House, on the corner of King Street and Exchange Lane, left his post, and with his musket gave the boy a stroke on the head, which made him stagger and cry for pain.5

The street soon became clear,6 and nobody troubled

1 R. Treat Paine's Trial of the Soldiers, 121.

2 Hutchinson's History, III. 271.

3 Jeremiah Belknap's Testimony, Boston Narrative, 65.

4 James Kirkwood, Boston Narrative, 70, and 19 20. Dr. Richard Hiron's Trial of the Soldiers, 61, 62.

5 Boston Narrative, 23, Note Boy's Evidence, given on Preston's Trial; quoted by Vindex in Boston Gazette, of 24 Dec. 1770.

6 Lieut. Col. Marshall, in Trial of the British Soldiers, 31. Boston Narrative, 77.

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