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[338] From ten to twenty boys came after them, asking,
Chap. XLIII} 1770. March
‘Where are they, where are they?’ ‘There is the soldier who knocked me down,’ said the barber's boy,1 and they began pushing one another towards the sentinel.2 He primed and loaded his musket.3 ‘The lobster4 is going to fire,’ cried a boy. Waving his piece about, the sentinel pulled the trigger.5 ‘If you fire you must die for it,’ said Henry Knox, who was passing by. ‘I don't care,’ replied the sentry; ‘damn them, if they touch me I'll fire.’ ‘Fire and be damned,’ shouted the boys, for they were persuaded he could not do it without leave from a civil officer; and a young fellow spoke out, ‘We will knock him down for snapping;’ while they whistled through their fingers and huzzaed.6 ‘Stand off,’ said the sentry, and shouted aloud, ‘Turn out, main guard.’7 ‘They are killing the sentinel,’ reported a servant from the Custom House, running to the main guard. ‘Turn out, why don't you turn out?’ cried Preston,8 who was Captain of the day, to the guard. ‘He appeared in a great flutter of spirits,’ and ‘spoke to them roughly.’ A party of six, two of whom, Kilroi and Montgomery, had been worsted at the Ropewalk,9 formed with a corporal in front, and Preston following.10 With bayonets fixed, they haughtily ‘rushed through the people,’11 upon the trot, cursing them, and pushing them as they went

1 Edward Payne, Boston Narrative, 103; B. Lee, Trial, 69.

2 William Parker, Trial, 77.

3 Benjamin Lee, Trial, 69.

4 Alexander Cruikshank's Trial, 65, ‘lobster and rascal.’

5 Henry Knox, Boston Narrative, 101; and in Trial, 68, 69.

6 Benjamin Lee, Trial, 69.

7 Benjamin Lee, Trial, 69.

8 John Bulkely, Trial 69.

9 Boston Gazette, 31 Dec, 1770.

10 William Whittington, Trial, 74; Preston's Case.

11 Samuel Adams in Boston Gazette, 10 Dec. 1770.

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