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This is followed by an exact account of weapons and ammunition that they had accumulated from the ships they had captured: "We gat in all those Ships besides the Provisions above-mention'd, about 200 Musquets and Pistols, good Store of Cutlasses, about 20 Tun of Iron Shot and Musquet ball, and 33 Barrels of good Powder, which was all very suitable Things to our Occasions" (12).
The House of Commons considered and rejected by a two to one majority a rider to the act that would have allowed "any Protestant to keep a Musquet in his House, notwithstanding this or any other act." (32) The reaction of the House of Lords was no less negative, it quashed the idea as too radical because it tended to "arm the mob." (33)
I brought away several Things very useful to me; as first, in the Carpenter's Stores I found two or three Bags full of Nails and Spikes, a great Skrew-Jack, a Dozen or two of Hatchets, and above all, that most useful Thing call'd a Grindstone; all these I secur'd together, with several Things belonging to the Gunner, particularly two or three Iron Crows, and two barrels of Musquet Bullets, seven Musquets, and another fowling Piece, with some small quantity of Powder more; a large bag full of small Shot, and a great Roll of Sheet Lead: But this last was so heavy, I could not hoist it up to get it over the Ship's Side.
powred over the bridge and kild and galled my souldiers from severall partes: amongst the rest Will Holies, after a musquet shot had past through his clothes, had his thigh shatt'd in pieces with a great bullet, upon which he fell and could not be carried of, the enemy prest on so violently.
A pamphlet reports the close encounter: "a brace of musquet buletts, shot from the enemies works, hit a Cornet of his regiment with whom the Lieutenant General was then talking, but blessed be God the person aimed at escaped without any hurt.(41) Before Bridgnorth slipped from his control in March 1646, Kirke made a dramatic final attempt to hold his position, raining down shot from the high ground on advancing soldiers.
Tupia all along warnd us not to beleive too much any thing these people told us; For says he they are given to lying, they told you that one of their people was killd by a musquet and buried Which was absolutely false.
Banks records Tupaia's legitimating presence and fidelity, for instance, within a subsequently notorious scene in which his clothes and pistol were stolen while he slept in a canoe with Purea: 'Tupia was the first man I saw, atending with my Musquet and the remainder of my cloaths, his faith has often been tried, on this occasion it shone very much'.
Wallis described an incident where the Tahitians witnessed Banks shooting a duck from the sky giving them, 'such a dread of the gun that if a musquet was pointed at a thousand of them, they would all run away like a flock of sheep'.
Of importance down there has been the Musquet clone, which has proved to be increasingly important in the evolution of the wine in California.
After mortally wounding a hostile Indian and then bungling the coup de grace, he decides to bayonet his suffering enemy, a "task of cruel lenity" which leaves him "overpowered by [its] horrors" and lamenting the fact that "such are the deeds which perverse nature compels thousands of rational beings to perform and to witness!" (1) Moments later, however, the savagely merciful Huntly describes how, "cheered" by the dawn, he "stuck [the dead Indian's] musquet in the ground, and left it standing upright in the middle of the road" (203).
This must be the place Where our Columbus of the South did land; He saw the Indian village on that sand, And on this rock first met the simple race Of Australasia, who presum'd to face With lance and spear his musquet. Close at hand Is the clear stream, from which his vent'rous band Refresh'd their ship; and thence a little space Lies Sutherland, their shipmate: for the sound Of Christian burial better did proclaim Possession, than the flag, in England's name.
Prompted by some freak of fancy, I stuck his musquet in the ground, and left it standing upright in the middle of the road" (194).
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