A Journal - commencing 19 May 75
May 19 . I arrived
in Town from
Charlestown at 1 oClo.
after having seated & left my Mamma, Aunts & Sisters
with Canterbury at Taunton on Acco't of the distrest
Situation of Boston.
21 [May 1775]. A Party of
Soldiers and Sailors, who man'd several Sloops
the last Evening to go in quest of Hay, etc., at Grape-
-Island near Weymouth, fir'd upon by our People
and oblig'd to return with little or none.
25 [May 1775]. The three
to day from England in the Cerberus: The Merlin
having got in with their Horses yesterday.
28. [May 1775] Yesterday
the Provincials set fire to some Hay
etc., on Noddles-Island; (as they did the 23d Ins:
upon Hog-Isl'd) collected for Government Use;
in consequence of which a party of marines
were sent over, whereby a pretty constant
Fire was kept up best part of the night;
and several of the regulars killed; also
a King's Schooner that went to annoy the
provincials, listed upon Chelsea Beach &
was set on fire and burnt.
30 [May 1775]. Several
Buildings were set on fire yesterday by the
provincials on Noddles-Island; as likewise Hay, etc.,
on Thompson's; and to day the large Mansion-Ho.
occupy'd by H Williams was entirely consumed and
considerable of Cattle drove off.