A night-watchman who patrols the streets and becomes familiar with Boston’s rowdier citizens.
As a night watchman, Benjamin Burdick was especially troubled by the arrival of British soldiers to keep the peace in 1768. Ever distrustful of them, Burdick appeared with a sword in hand on the night of the Boston Massacre. Later, the same man owned the Green Dragon tavern, where many revolutionary meetings took place. Perhaps what he had seen on the night of March 5th influenced his later politics.