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Mr Hamilton whether he would stand by and see him beaten. Mr. Hamilton then stepped up and began to pull the boatswain off, the boatswain then turned on Mr. Hamilton and seized him by the throat and being a great big English man Mr. Hamilton was obliged to take out his colt and beat him on the back of the neck but finding him only grasping tighter raised it to his head he beat all the skin off & the boatswain fell stunned. When he had recovered a little he ran into his cabin and came out with a big knife Mr. Hamilton was then obliged to seek refuge in the first cabin. Meanwhile the boatswain ran over the deck all covered with blood, raving and swearing at such a rate you never heard half so bad the steward hunted for a pistol but was unable to find one the second mate Mr. Hammond and the carpenter got him quieted a little but in two or three minutes he came out ten times worse with a large butcher knife and a stick of wood The steward then took Mr. Hamilton and hid him down in the bottom of the ship. All the passengers were obliged to keep clear of the boatswain as he ran backwards and forwards. Mother stepped up to try to pacify him but father pulled her [strikeout]e[/strikeout] back. After a while he lost so much blood and became so weak that he got quiet so they got him to bed. About dusk the tow boat came with the Captain and crew
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, that is the sailors, the doctor and several other passengers who had been left. The sailors now being all on board they went to weighing anchor There were twenty two or three men they all sung as loud as they cou[strikeout]u[/strikeout]ld a song which Lilly and I afterwords learned. The tow then hitched and we were soon off down the river. The captain then got the matter cleared up between the boatswain and Mr. Hamilton and the doctor bound up the wound of the former whose name was Wilson. During the night it was discovered that a French man of the steerage had lost his trunk containing his clothes and 100 dollars the ship was searched but there was nothing to be seen or heard of it but three sailors who had been very bad in the affray that afternoon were suspected so the next morning the captain went in the tow over to the revenue cutter which lay off New Castle and sent an officer who came in a boat with several men and took all three off to land to be tried. The Frenchman was a book binder and had his father and sister in Philad he was going home to take the before mentioned $100 to his mother. The passengers offered to pay his way from Liverpool to France but he said he would go back until he could raise another sum. He could speak little or no English so mother had to be interpreter. At half past one oclock on Monday the tow boat left us and we took the last look at American soil. In about fifteen minutes a waiting maid began to get very sick, then Mother. Lilly said something kind
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