John Thomas's Diary

Originated By
Arthur Drysdale

John Thomas Diary begins April 9, 1755 and ends December 31, 1755.
It relates the events that took place at Chignecto
while the Journal of John Winslow relates in part the events
that took place at Chignecto until he was sent to Grand-Pre
and of course what happened while he was at Grand-Pre.

For the 30th of May 1755, Thomas wrote:
"Plesan Day ye Transport Halled from the wharf."
He was then at Boston.
He also has a note for the 31 of April, 1755 (sic):
"Plesant Day Nothing Remarkable". of course nothing happened,
there was no April 31.

For May 22, 1755:
"Wind S:W; I being on Board ye Sloope Industry George Goodin Comander
we weid anker at Dear Island Rhode In Boston Bay In Company
with the three men of war viz: ye Sucess Capt; Jno: Rouse Comandr
who is Come one of the Fleet ye Maremaid Capt: Sherley & the Comander ye Syren Capt: Proba Comander 33 Transports & Store Ships of which 2 Briggs 5 Scooners & the Rest Sloops & about Five Thousd & one Hundred Solders all Bound for anapolis Royal:

P:m Small wind." the ship convoy arrived at Anapolis Gut (sic), Basin June 26, from there on July 1, they set sail and arrived at Chignecto. Lieutenant John Thomas accompanied John Winslow's regiment, troops sent to Annapolis Royal, as second surgeon and surgeon's mate.
He is that same John Thomas who became a general in 1776 and was given the command of the American forces invading Canada which he joined at Quebec, died of small-pox at Chambly, on the Sorel, (on the Richelieu river then called the Sorel), June 5, 1776.

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