Edward G. Langford, Sworn.
I am one of the Town Watch.
Q. Was you in King-street
that evening the 5th March?
A. Yes. The bells began to ring, and the people cryed
fire: I run with the rest, and went into King-street; I
asked where the fire was; I was told there was no fire, but that the soldiers at
Murray's barracks had got out, and had been fighting with the inhabitants, but that
had drove them back again. I went to the barracks, and found the affair was over there.
I came back, and just as I got to the Town pump, I saw twenty or five and twenty boys
going into King-street. I went into King-street myself, and saw several boys and young men about the Sentry box at
the Custom-house. I asked them what was the matter. They
said the Sentry had knocked down a boy. They crowded in over the gutter; I told them
let the Sentry alone. He went up the steps of the Custom-house, and knocked at the door, but could not get in. I told him not to be
afraid, they were only boys, and would not hurt him.
Q. Do you know the Sentry?
Q. Is he among the prisoners?
A. Yes, that's he. (Pointing
Q. Do you know any of the rest?
A. Yes, that man. (Pointing
to Killroy). The boys were swearing and speaking bad words, but they threw
Q. Were they pressing on him?
A. They were as far as the gutter, and he went up the
steps and called out, but what he said I do not remember.
Q. Did he call loud?
A. Yes, pretty loud.
Q. To whom did he call?
A. I do not know; when he went up the steps he levelled
his piece with his bayonet fixed. As I was talking with the Sentry, and telling him
to be afraid, the soldiers came down, and when they came, I drew back from the Sentry
towards Royal-exchange lane, and there I stood. I did not
see them load, but somebody said, are you loaded; and Samuel
Gray, who was shot that night, came and struck me on the shoulder, and said, Langford, what's here to pay.
Q. What said you to Gray then?
A. I said I did not know what was to pay, but I believed
something would come of it by and bye. He made no reply. Immediately a gun went off.
was within reach of their guns and bayonets; one of them thrust at me with his bayonet,
and run it through my jacket and great coat.
Q. Where was you then?
A. Within three or four feet of the gutter, on the
Q. Who asked, are you loaded?
A. I do not know whether it was the soldiers or
Q. Did you hear the word given to load?
A. I heard the question asked, whether they were loaded?
but I heard no orders to load. Somebody then said, are you all ready: I then heard
word given to fire, twice distinctly.
Q. How many people were there before the soldiers at that
A. About forty or fifty, but there were numbers in the
Q. Were they nigh the soldiers?
A. They were not in the inside of the gutter.
Q. Had any of the inhabitants sticks or clubs?
A. I do not know. I had one myself, because I was going
to the watch, for I belong to the watch.
Q. How many soldiers were there?
A. I did not count the number of them, about seven or
eight I think.
Q. Who was it fired the first gun?
A. I do not know.
Q. Where about did he stand that fired?
A. He stood on my right, as I stood facing them: I stood
about half way betwixt the box and Royal-exchange lane. I
looked this man (pointing to Killroy) in the face, and bid
him not fire; but he immediately fired, and Samuel Gray
fell at my feet. Killroy thrust his bayonet immediately through my coat and jacket;
ran towards the watch-house, and stood there.
Q. Where did Killroy
A. He stood on the right of the party.
Q. Was he the right hand man?
A. I cannot tell: I believe there were two or three on
his right, but I do not know.
Q. You spoke to him you say before he fired, what did you
say to him?
A. I said either damn you, or God damn you do not fire,
and immediately he fired.
Q. What in particular made you say do not fire?
A. Hearing the other guns go off.
Q. How many guns went off before he fired?
A. Two: but I saw nobody fall. Gray fell close to me. I was standing leaning on my stick.
Q. Did Gray say any thing to
Killroy before he fired?
A. He spoke to nobody but me.
Q. Did he throw any snow balls?
A. No, nor he had no weapon in his hand; he was as naked
as I am now.
Q. Did you see any thing thrown?
A. No, I saw nothing at all thrown of any kind.
Q. Was you talking with Gray
at the time the gun went off?
A. I did not speak with him at that instant, but I had
been talking with him several minutes before that.
Q. Was you so near Gray,
that if he had thrown any thing you must have seen it?
A. Yes, his hands were in his bosom, and, immediately
after Killroy's firing, he fell.
Q. Did you hear any other gun at that time?
A. None, till I had got near to the watch-house.
Q. How near were the people standing to the soldiers, at
the time that gun shot Gray?
A. They were standing near the gutter.
Q. Did you see any thing hit the soldiers?
A. No, I saw nothing thrown. I heard the rattling of
their guns, and took it to be one gun against another. This rattling was at the time
Killroy fired, and at my right, I had a fair view of them; I
saw nobody strike a blow nor offer a blow.
Q. Have you any doubt in your own mind, that it was that
gun of Killroy's that killed Gray?
A. No manner of doubt; it must have been it, for there
was no other gun discharged at that time.
Q. Did you know the Indian that was killed?
Q. Did you see any body press on the soldiers with a
large cord wood stick?
Q. After Gray fell, did he
(Killroy) thrust at him with his bayonet?
A. No, it was at me he pushed.
Q. Did Gray say any thing to
Killroy, or Killroy to
A. No, not to my knowledge, and I stood close by him.
Q. Did you perceive Killroy
take aim at Gray?
A. I did not: he was as liable to kill me as him.