2. The vessel taken by Manley's squadron was the Elizabeth
, a straggler from the British fleet evacuating Boston. She was loaded with a great quantity of goods looted from Boston warehouses during the last days of the siege, and was brought into Portsmouth on 4 April (William Bell Clark, George Washington's Navy
, Baton Rouge, 1960, p. 130–132, 137–138). Among the captives was the tory merchant William Jackson (d. 1810), who was brought to trial in Boston for misappropriation of patriot property. His statement in self-defense provides a vivid picture of events in Boston just before and during the evacuation (Jackson to the Mass. Council, 12 June 1776, contemporary copy, MHi
Papers). On Jackson and his misfortunes see also Isaac Smith to JA, 16 April 1776
Jones, Loyalists of Mass.
, p. 178. The captive mentioned by Smith as “Greenbrush” was Crean Brush, an Irish adventurer who was a member of the New York Assembly and whose daughter had married Ethan Allen. Appointed by Howe to superintend the removal of property and stores from Boston, Brush used strong-arm methods that made him quickly and thoroughly disliked. He was tried in Boston and imprisoned until Nov. 1777, when he escaped and made his way to New York, where he died the following year. See Rowe, Letters and Diary
, p. 301–302; Clark, as cited above; French, First Year
, p. 666–667, 672–673; Jones, Loyalists of Mass.
, p. 288 and note. For an anonymous tract by Crean Brush attacking the Continental Congress, see
T. R. Adams, “American Independence,”