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This foot note contained in document ADMS-05-03-02-0001-0001
24. Dalrymple to Gage, 19 March 1770, Adams, New Light 32, 33. “Captain Preston's case” is a critical narrative entitled “Case of Capt. Thomas Preston of the 29th Regiment” not in Preston's hand, but signed by him. PRO, C.O. 5:759, fols. 247–253; it is printed from the Massachusetts Gazette Extraordinary, 21 June 1770, in 7 Col. Soc. Mass., Pubns. 6–10 (1905). When the “Case” returned to Boston in June after having been printed in England, the Bostonian reaction was violently anti-Preston. In the journalistic fulminating, the Captain's earlier “card” was, as Gage had predicted, turned to his detriment. The documents are printed in 7 Col. Soc. Mass., Pubns. 11–21 (1905). This time, Preston had the sense to remain silent. See Gage to Preston, 12 Aug. 1770, Adams, New Light 69.