It is impossible fully to describe the agitated State of the Town since last Sunday, when the News first arrived of the Skirmish between Concord & Boston – At all corners People inquisitive for News – Tales of all Kinds invented believed, denied, discredited. Sunday in the afternoon Services 2 Sloops laden by Watts for Boston with Provisions unladen. In that Night the City Armory open the Powder taken out of the Powder House – The Taverns filed with Publicans at Night – Little Business done in the Day – few Jurors and Witnesses attend the Courts. Armed Parties summon the Town publicly to come & take Arms & learn the Manual Exercise – They are publicly delivered out and armed Individuals shew themselves at all Hours in the Streets ... Chandler sent up his Letters last Night & they past thro' P[eter] V[an] B[rugh] L[ivingston] to Parson Achrmurty & Inglis who I find by Wallace & Col. Maunsel were active this Morning – Cooper now flew to the Man of War & Wilkin[s] & Parson Seabury disappear – Their Wifes betake themselves to Mrs. Morris's at Morrisana as I learn from Richd & Gouverneur Morris.
- Historical Memoirs, entry for Saturday April 29 1775
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