to Jedidiah Morse, 5 Jan. 1816,
201. More specific criticism came from witness Richard Palmes, writing in March 1771:
“To judge of the accuracy of Mr. Hodgson in the account of the trial, said to be taken
by him, and published by permission of the Court, let the reader compare with his,
my minutes of Mr. Bliss's conversation with Capt. Preston, where I find Preston returning
some answer to Bliss, which Mr. Hodgson entirely leaves out, making Bliss rejoin 'God
damn ye fire,' without any immediate provocation. Again, Mr. Hodgson makes me represent
Montgomery as sallied back by a piece of ice, or perhaps he stept back: Whereas I
never had a tho't of said piece of ice or frozen snow sallying him back, but declared
only, I tho't he stept back. But to put the matter out of all doubt, Mr. Hodgson goes
over the question again, and makes me declare, I was certain, that Montgomery was struck, and sallied back before he fired; Whereas I am certain I never mentioned the word sallied on that examination, nor gave other answer than the above.
“Mr. Hodgson confounds my remembrance in such manner, that I could not determine the
difference between a piece of ice and a club, for what purpose this fetch, judge impartial reader!” Boston Gazette, 25 March 1771, p. 2, col. 2.