THE CAPTURE

A British Patrol Takes Paul Revere, and Is Taken by Him

After they had taken Revere, they brought him within
half a rod of me, and I heard him speak up with en-
ergy to them."

--Elijah Sanderson, Deposition, December 17, 1824

WHILE THE BRITISH COLUMN was beginning its march through Cambridge, Paul Revere and William Dawes traveled out of Lexington on their second mission of the night. As they headed west toward Concord, they were overtaken on the road by a handsome young country gentleman, splendidly mounted and elegantly dressed. He introduced himself as Doctor Samuel Prescott, a physician of Concord.

Young Doctor Prescott had other things on his mind than politics or war that night. He had been in Lexington courting Miss Lydia Mulliken, a young woman much celebrated in Middlesex County for her grace and beauty. Many a hopeful swain had beaten a path to the Mulliken door, but Miss Lydia had pledged herself to Doctor Prescott, and they had agreed to be married.

It was about one o'clock in the morning when Doctor Prescott said farewell to his fiancée and started home to Concord. He met Paul Revere and William Dawes, and rode along beside them. They found the congenial young doctor to be a "high son of liberty," and explained their mission to him. He instantly offered to help alarm the countryside. 1

Paul Revere proposed a plan. As always he was thinking several steps ahead, and preparing for the worst case. He told Dawes

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