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Dr. John Mawney  Biographical Material

John Mawney and Ephraim Bowen were the only two Americans who wrote out an  eye-witness account of the attack and capture of the English ship Gaspee.  Mawney's full statement and some notes on it are on a separate page at this site. 

Before reading the biography on Mawney, you might want to see what he said about Joseph Bucklin. The parts of Mawney's formal statement regarding Joseph Bucklin are abstracted below (* * * * indicates portions taken out of the statement for this abstract).

"[After participating in the boarding and overpowering of the crew, John Brown asked Mawney to go to the captain's cabin to attend a wounded person]  * * * * I hastened into the cabin and found Lieut. Dudingston in a sitting posture, gently reclining to the left, bleeding profusely, with a thin, white, woolen blanket, loose about him, which I threw aside and discovered the effect of a musket ball in his left groin, and thinking the femoral artery was cut, threw open my waistcoat and taking my shirt by the collar, tore it to my waistband, when Mr. Dudingston said, "Pray, sir, don't tear your clothes, there is linen in that trunk," upon which I requested Joseph Bucklin to break open the trunk and tear linen and scrape lint, which he immediately attempted, but finding the linen new and strong, could not make the lint.  

I then directed him to place his hands as I had mine, which was, the ball of my left hand on the orifice of the wound, and giving him the word to slip his hand under mine and to press hard to prevent the effusion of blood; which being done, I went to the linen  * * *  *[and prepared a bandage compress] . 

All being prepared, I told Bucklin to raise his hands, when I instantly placed the compresses on the orifice, and placing the bandage round the thigh over the wound and crossing it above, drew tight, so that the effusion of blood was stopped. * * * * "

For Biography on John Mawney, see our full page about him.