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“Imprisoned some time past”

In 2007-08, I transcribed the diary of selectman Timothy Newell during the siege of Boston, but somehow I managed to miss this entry:14th [July 1775]. Last night was awoke by the discharge of cannon on the lines—Master James Lovell, Master [John] Leach, John—Hunt, have been imprisoned some time past—all they know why it is so is they are charged with free speaking on the public measures.
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History / US History : Boston 1775 (7 years ago)

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History / US History : Boston 1775 (4 years ago)

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