Citation - Boston Gazette: 1766.09.01

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Index Entry Drummer, in New York, man in dress of, fight between soldiers and townsmen 
Location New York 
1 Sep 1766:12 (596)
New-York, August 21. . .  A number of the inhabitants of
New-York, who were present at the fray between a party of
soldiers and some of the people of the town, on the 11th
inst. have given their depositions, the following is the
most circumstantial, viz.
  New-York, ff  Theophilus Hardenbrook, of the said city,
house carpenter, of full age, being duly sworn, deposeth and
saith, that yesterday afternoon, about 3 o'clock, being in
the Common with sundry others, in order to erect a post that
had been taken down the night before:  that during their
being there, some person appeared in the crowd in the dress
of a drummer; that upon his coming up to them, several words
passed:  that the first expression he understood from the
said drummer was, do you resent it, or words to that effect;
that one Berrien, replied, I do resent it; that thereupon
the said drummer drew his weapon, when some persons who
stood by, took hold of him and shoved him from the crowd,
some of which said, carry him to the mayor, and others said
let him go; that accordingly they let him go; that soon
after a number of soldiers appeared turning the corner of
John Harris's, which he, the deponent thought came from the
Barracks, that upon their coming up to the crowd, of which
he the deponent was one, the said soldiers being about 50 in
number, with their bayonets in their hands, some drawn, and
others drew them as they came up; that as soon as they came
up to the deponent and others, they, the soldiers, fell foul
of them by cutting and flashing every one that fell in their
way; and those with him were obliged to retire for safety;
that the said soldiers pursued them as far as Chaple-Street;
that several persons were cut and wounded by the said
soldiers, particularly Captain Sears, and John Berrien, and
further saith not.     Theophilus Hardenbrook. . .
[3 lines + 6 paras]
  We hear that after the examination of a great number of
witnesses, respecting the late disturbances between some of
the citizens, and a party of  soldiers, the corporal and
drum major of the Regiment, who appeared to be the chief
authors of the disturbances, where bound over to the Quarter
Session, as also a lieutenant.  We hear these differences
are likely to have an amicable conclusion; for that at a
meeting between the magistrates of the city, and the
officers of the Regiment, in the presence of the governor,
they declared their desire of living in harmony with the
citizens, and said that upon the misbehaviour of the
soldiers, under their command, they should either be tried
by a court-martial, or deliver'd up to the civil authority,
as the magistrates should require--They only desired the
soldiers should not be ill treated or molested, which was
promised on the part of the magistrates.

Generic Title Boston Gazette 
Date 1766.09.01 
Publisher Edes and Gill 
City, State Boston, MA 
Year 1766 
Bibliography B0006056
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