A Short Narrative of the Horrid Massacre in Boston ...: The Fifth Day of March, 1770, by Soldiers of the 29th Regiment ... with Some Observations on the State of Things Prior to that Catastrophe. Printed by Order of the Town of Boston, and Sold by Edes & Gill, and T. & J. Fleet, 1770

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J. Doggett, jr., 1849 - Boston Massacre, 1770 - 122 pages
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The book was written just a few years after the massacre, making it an accurate way see how the public reacted to the event years past. The testimony is also great to read, it is certainly not a subjective novel of the event, but it is still worth your time.

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Page 15 - A Short Narrative of the Horrid Massacre in Boston, perpetrated in the Evening of the Fifth Day of March, 1770: By Soldiers of the XXIXth Regiment: which with the XlVth Regiment were then Quartered there. With some Observations on the State of Things prior to that Catastrophe.
Page 109 - A Short | Narrative | of | The horrid Massacre in Boston, | perpetrated | In the Evening of the Fifth Day of March, 1770, | by | Soldiers of the XXIXth Regiment, | Which, with the XlVth Regiment, | were then quartered there. | With some | Observations | on | the state of things | prior to that | Catastrophe.
Page 18 - ... of the land to such offenders ; and had not the soldiery found means to evade legal punishments, it is more than probable their insolence would have received a check, and some of the most melancholy effects of it been prevented.
Page 76 - I told him I would not fire again; he told me again, he would run me through the guts if I did not. Upon which I fired the same way up the street. After I fired the second gun, I saw my master in the room; he took a gun and pointed it out of the window; I heard the gun go off. Then a tall man came and clapped me on the shoulders above and below stairs, and said, that's my good boy, I'll give you some money to-morrow....
Page 25 - By the foregoing depositions it appears very clearly, there was a general combination among the soldiers of the 29th regiment at least, to commit some extraordinary act of violence upon the town ; that if the inhabitants attempted to repel it by firing even one gun * upon those soldiers, the 14th regiment were ordered to be in readiness to assist them ; and that on the late butchery in King street they actually were ready for that purpose, had a single gun been fired on the perpetrators of it. It...
Page 34 - Pemberton, were again deputed with the following message : ' It is the unanimous opinion of this meeting, that the reply made to a vote of the inhabitants presented his honor this morning, is by no means satisfactory; and that nothing less will satisfy them, than a total and immediate removal of the troops.
Page 18 - ... of peaceable inhabitants — the frequent wounding of persons by their bayonets and cutlasses, and the numerous instances of bad behavior in the soldiery, made us early sensible that the troops were not sent here for any benefit to the town or province, and that we had no good to expect from such conservators of the peace. It was not expected, however, that such an outrage and massacre, as happened here on the evening of the fifth instant, would have been perpetrated. There were then killed and...
Page 76 - King street at the same time, declares that they (the party of soldiers from the main guard) posted themselves between the Custom-house door and the west corner of it ; and in a few minutes began to fire upon the people : two or three of the flashes so high above the rest, that he the deponent verily believes they must have come from the Custom-house windows.
Page 34 - Bernard in the government of the province. The council declared themselves unanimously of opinion " that it was absolutely necessary for his majesty's service, the good order of the town, and the peace of the province, that the troops should be immediately removed out of the town of Boston.
Page 73 - Preston by the coat," are the words of Henry Knox in his affidavit, " and told him for God's sake to take his men back again ; for if they fired, his life must answer for the consequence. He replied he was sensible of it, or knew what he was about, or words to that purpose, and seemed in great haste and much agitated.

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