. Dalrymple to Gage, 19 March 1770, Adams, New Light
32, 33. “Captain Preston's case” is a critical
narrative entitled “Case of Capt. Thomas Preston of the 29th Regiment” not in Preston's
hand, but signed by him. PRO
, C.O. 5:759, fols.
247–253; it is printed from the Massachusetts Gazette
21 June 1770, in 7 Col. Soc.
6–10 (1905). When the “Case” returned to
Boston in June after having been printed in England, the Bostonian reaction was violently
anti-Preston. In the journalistic fulminating, the Captain's earlier “card” was, as
predicted, turned to his detriment. The documents are printed in 7 Col. Soc. Mass., Pubns.
This time, Preston had the sense to remain silent. See Gage to Preston, 12 Aug. 1770,
Adams, New Light