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I just came across this, and want to say how fine I think it is. Thank you,
Ed.
Anne

> Subj: [AMER-REV] 4 July 1778
> Date: 7/4/2003 11:56:04 AM EST
> From: (Ed St.Germain)
> Reply-to:
> To:
>
> I know I've posted this before, but I think it's one of those things
> that bears repeating. The writer is an American seaman confined in a
> British prison. I've put the entire Journal at:
> http://www.americanrevolution.org/relic.html
>
> 3. As it is two years to-morrow since the Declaration of Independence in
> America, we are resolved, although we are prisoners, to bear it in
> remembrance; and for that end, several of us have employed ourselves
> to-day in making cockades. They were drawn on a piece of paper, cut in
> the form of a half-moon, with the thirteen stripes, a Union, and
> thirteen stars, painted out, and upon the top is printed in large
> capital letters, "Independence," and at the bottom "Liberty or Death,"
> or some appeal to Heaven.
>
> 4. This morning when we were let out, we all hoisted the American flag
> upon our hats, except about five or six, who did not choose to wear
> them. The agent, seeing us all with those papers on our hats, asked for
> one to look at, which was sent him, and it happened to be one which had
> "Independence " written upon the top, and at the bottom, "Liberty or
> Death." He, not knowing the meaning of it, and thinking we were going to
> force the guard, directly ordered a double sentry at the gate. Nothing
> happened till one o'clock; we then drew up in thirteen divisions, and
> each division gave three cheers, till it came to the last, when we all
> cheered together, all of which was conducted with the greatest
> regularity. We kept our colors hoisted till sunset, and then took them
> down.
>
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I know I've posted this before, but I think it's one of those things
that bears repeating. The writer is an American seaman confined in a
British prison. I've put the entire Journal at:
http://www.americanrevolution.org/relic.html

3. As it is two years to-morrow since the Declaration of Independence in
America, we are resolved, although we are prisoners, to bear it in
remembrance; and for that end, several of us have employed ourselves
to-day in making cockades. They were drawn on a piece of paper, cut in
the form of a half-moon, with the thirteen stripes, a Union, and
thirteen stars, painted out, and upon the top is printed in large
capital letters, "Independence," and at the bottom "Liberty or Death,"
or some appeal to Heaven.

4. This morning when we were let out, we all hoisted the American flag
upon our hats, except about five or six, who did not choose to wear
them. The agent, seeing us all with those papers on our hats, asked for
one to look at, which was sent him, and it happened to be one which had
"Independence " written upon the top, and at the bottom, "Liberty or
Death." He, not knowing the meaning of it, and thinking we were going to
force the guard, directly ordered a double sentry at the gate. Nothing
happened till one o'clock; we then drew up in thirteen divisions, and
each division gave three cheers, till it came to the last, when we all
cheered together, all of which was conducted with the greatest
regularity. We kept our colors hoisted till sunset, and then took them
down.

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