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"...I cannot recollect, that the Gaspee was then run on shore; neither do remember any person giving me that information; I never heard any intimation of an intention to burn the Gaspee, nor do I know any person...concerned in that transaction..."
"...and then mentioned to some of the other judges of the court, that I had entirely forgot to give the business of destroying the Gaspee and wounding Lieutenant Duddingston in charge to the grand jury..."
"...there was ...a schooner cruising in the Narragansett river, that disturbed all the vessels ... that were passing therein, by chasing, firing at and searching them, and often treating the people aboard of them with the most abusive language..."