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"...declares...that he was...at a tavern where he spent the evening...and after supper he heard a drum beat in the street...it had been training day and the people were breaking up their frolic..."


"...before sunset that evening I had heard that the said schooner was aground; but had not then the least suspicion that any mischief was intended to be done to said schooner..."

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"...and then mentioned to some of the other judges of the court, that I had entirely forgot to give the business of destroying the Gaspee and wounding Lieutenant Duddingston in charge to the grand jury..."


"...when the people from Bristol brought the said news of the Gaspee's being burnt she was then lying on the shore with her seams much opened..."


"...there was ...a schooner cruising in the Narragansett river, that disturbed all the vessels ... that were passing therein, by chasing, firing at and searching them, and often treating the people aboard of them with the most abusive language..."


A Proclamation

Whereas on Tuesday, the ninth Instant in the Night, a Num-
ber of People, unknown, boarded His Majesty's armed Schooner
the Gaspee, as she lay aground on a Point of Land, called
Nanquit, a little to the southward of Pawtuxet,…


Image of Gaspee Point located in Warwick, Rhode Island.Pawtuxet Village is one of New England's oldest communities. By 1638, only two years after Roger Williams founded Providence, settlers had established a hamlet around the falls and coveā€¦

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