one of the foldiers, having received a fevere blow with a flick, ftepped a little on one fidc, and inltantly fired; on which turning to, and alking him why he fired without prders, I was firuck with a club on my arm, which for fome time de- prived me of the ufe of it; which blow, had it been placed on my head, molt probably would have defiroyed me. On this a general attack was made on the men by a great number of heavy clubs, and fnowballs being thrown at them, by which all our lives were in im- minent danger; fome perlons at the fame time from behind calling out, Damn your bloods, why do not you fire P’ Inllantly three or four of the foldiers fired, one after another, and directly after three more in the fame confufion and hurry.

The mob then ran away, except three unhappy men who inllantly expired, in which number was Mr. Gray, at whole rcpe~walk the prior quarrel took place; one more is fince dead, three others are danger- oully, and four {lightly wounded. The whole of this melancholy afFair was tranfacted in aimofl; twenty minutes. On my afking the {oldi- ers why they firedwithout orders, they faid they heard the word t‘ Fire," and fuppofed it came from gne. This might be the cafe, as many of the mob called out, Fire, fire,” but I alTured the men that I gave no fuch order, that my

‘words were, Don't fire, flop your

firingz” In lhort, it was (carce

pofiible for the foldiers to know who {aid fire, or don’: fire, or lisp your firing. On the people’s af- {embling again to take away the dead bodies, the foldiers, fuppofing them coming to attack them, were

[111 making ready to fire again, which I prevented by iiriking up their firelocks with my hand. Immedi- ately after a townfman came and told me, that 4 or 5000 people were alfembled in the next llreet, and had (worn to take my life with every man’s with me; on which I judged it unlale to remain ‘there any longer, and therefore fent the party and {entry to the mainguard, and when they arrived there, telling them oll‘ into lireet firings, divided and planted them at each end of the {lreet to lecure their rear, momently etpefiing an at- tack, as there was a conftant cry of the inhabitants, To arms, to arms-—'urn out with your guns,” ‘and the town drums beating to arms. I ordered my drum to beat to arms, and being foon after joined by the different companies of the 29th regiment, I formed them as the guard into flreet firings. The 14th regiment alfo got under arms, but remained a: their barracks. [immediately fent a. Serjeant with a party to Colonel Dalrymple, the commanding Offi. cer, to acquaint him with every particular. Several Ofiicers going to join their regiment were knocked down by the mob, one very much wounded, and his {word taken from him. The Lieutenant Governor, and Colonel Carr, were foon after met at the head of the 29th regiment, and agreed that the regiment ihould retire to their barracks, and the people to their houlies; but I kept the pique to llrengthen the guard. It was with great difiiculty that the Lieutenant- Governor prevailed on the people to be quiet and retire: at lafit they all went 0E, excepting about a hundred. '

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