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
they 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 to 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 to White.)
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 nothing.
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 not 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. I 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 outside.
Q. Who asked, are you loaded?
A. I do not know whether it was the soldiers or inhabitants.
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 the word given to fire, twice
Q. How many people were there before the soldiers at that time?
A. About forty or fifty, but there were numbers in the lane.
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
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;
I ran towards the watch-house, and stood there.
Q. Where did Killroy stand?
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
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 him?
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.