. Amos Windship (1745–1813), a Boston physician and apothecary, was at this time serving as surgeon aboard the
and thus knew something of JA
'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.