An account of events during the infamous boston massacre of 1770
It further incensed colonists already weary of British rule and unfair taxation and roused them to fight for independence. Late Dec. I replied yes. As the Evidence was, the Verdict of the Jury was exactly right. Its account of affairs sought to blame Bostonians for denying the validity of Parliamentary laws. The killing and subsequent media coverage inflamed tensions, with groups of colonists looking for soldiers to harass, and soldiers also looking for confrontation. Witnesses including Peter Cunningham claimed an officer other than Preston was behind the men and that he ordered the soldiers to fire. Hutchinson confronted Preston: "Do you know, Sir, you have no power to fire on any body of the public collected together except you have a civil magistrate with you give orders? Other shots follow. Few historians would deny that the Boston Massacre proved to be a milestone in America's road to independence. But when the redcoats marched boldly through the town streets on October 1, the only resistance seen was on the facial expressions of the townspeople. British officials in Boston feared for their lives.
As tensions rose, British troops retreated from Boston to Fort William. It is the first recorded use of the "dying declaration" exception to the rule that excludes hearsay evidence: Q.
However, many uncertainties surround this important historical event: Did the soldiers fire with provocation? He showed that they thought their lives were in danger from the mob that had gathered.
Historic records of the skirmish include well-documented records of events and often conflicting testimony of supposed eyewitnesses. Preston assured him that they were, but that they would not fire unless he ordered it; he later stated in his deposition that he was unlikely to do so, since he was standing in front of them.
The effect of this verdict was much greater than the Crown could ever have guessed.
Late Dec. If they fire, you must die.
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