. Amos Windship (1745–1813), a Boston physician and apothecary, was at this time serving as surgeon aboard the
and thus knew something of
's movements and plans from encounters with him at Brest and Lorient; see JA, Diary and Autobiography
. In an earlier note on Windship in this series, the editors did not know how to account
's reference to him as “the famous Dr. W[ind]
ship” (vol. 2:187–188
). That this was sarcasm becomes clear from a long and curious biographical sketch
of Windship by Ephraim Eliot, a contemporary and fellow apothecary, contributed by
S. E. Morison to Col. Soc. Mass., Pubns.
, 25 (1922–1924): 141–171, hitherto overlooked by the Adams editors. Eliot's sketch
is entitled “Biography of a Rascal,” and from the details it furnishes Windship clearly
was one. During his single year in Harvard College he entered on a career of casual
but engaging knavery that continued with only occasional deviations into respectability
until his death.