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8. Wemms Trial 30–32:
John Danbrooke, sworn.
Q. Do you know any of the prisoners?
A. Yes, the two furthest men, Hartegan and Carrol.
Q. Did you see them in King-street the 5th of March?
A. Yes.
Q. What time did you come into King-street?
A. About a quarter after nine, after the party were come down.
Q. Were these two men of the party?
A. Yes.
Q. Was you there at the time of the firing?
A. Yes.
Q. Did you see any of the party discharge their muskets?
A. Yes, Montgomery.
Q. Did you know him before?
A. No.
Q. Did you see any body strike him with a stick, or a stick thrown at him?
A. No.
Q. Whereabouts did you stand?
A. About ten or twelve feet from Capt. Preston, I saw a little stick fly over their heads, but I did not perceive it struck any of them.
Q. How large was it?
A. I took it to be a piece of a rattan.
Q. Did you see any thing at all hit the soldiers?
A. No, I did not.
Q. Was you looking at Montgomery when he discharged his piece?
A. Yes.
Q. Did you see any body fall upon his firing?
A. Yes, I saw two fall, one fell at my elbow, another about three feet from me. I did not hear the sound of another gun, before they both fell.
Q. Were they standing before Montgomery?
A. Yes, about twelve or fifteen feet from him, and about five feet apart, one was the Molatto, the other I did not know.
Q. Do you think one gun killed both these men?
A. Yes, for I heard no other gun when they fell.
Q. Are you certain the other person was killed?
A. Yes.
Q. Did you hear any other gun before that man fell?
A. No.
Q. Did the Molatto say any thing before the gun went off?
A. I heard him say nothing. The Molatto was leaning over a long stick he had, resting his breast upon it.
Q. Was you in Dock square before the firing?
A. Yes.
Q. How many people did you see there?
A. I saw about twenty or thirty gathered up by the Town pump in the market, some with clubs; they went up Cornhill, most of them drest in sailors cloaths.
Q. Did you then know where they were going?
A. They said let us go up to the Town-house. The bells were ringing at that time.
Q. Had they in general clubs?
A. The biggest part of them had clubs.
Q. Did you see any of them afterwards in King-street?
A. No, not that I knew.
Q. Did you see a tall man at the head of them?
A. No, I took notice of none in particular.
Q. Did you hear a huzzaing before the firing, or see any thing thrown except that stick you mentioned?
A. No.
Q. Had these persons when they were in Dock square, any clubs?
A. About half of them had sticks; there were between twenty and thirty of them.
Q. Did they hold them up over their heads?
A. Some did, and some did not.
Q. Did you see any body with a sword, at the bottom of Royal-exchange-lane?
A. No, I did not.
Q. Did you see any soldiers there, about that time?
A. No.
Q. What do you mean by clubs?
A. They were cord wood sticks broken up.
Q. Did any of them appear to be large?
A. They were about as thick as one's wrist.
Samuel Quincy Massacre Minutes, MHi:
Jno. Danbrook. Saw Hartigan, Montgomery and Carroll there, of the party. About ¼ past 9 when he came down. Stood about 10 or 12 feet from Montgomery. Saw no stick strike him. A little one flew over there heads took to be a little piece of Rattan. Looking at Montgomery when he fired, upon his firing 2 Men fell did not hear the second gun, one Attacks, one fell near to his left hand and another about 3 foot from him. He stooped to see if the Mollatto was dead. Then turned round and saw the other man fall, about a minute between the 1st and 2d gun. Knew neither of Them, nothing past before the firing that he saw but the boys making a [Noise]: Attacks leaning on his Stick.
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