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o Massachusetts, was Artemas Ward. Notwithstanding his ill health, he answered: I always have been, and am still ready to devote my life in attempting to deliver my native country. The American people with ingenuous confidence assumed that Charles Lee,—the son of an English officer, trained up from boyhood for the army,—was, as he represented himself, well versed in the science of war, familiar with active service in America, Portugal, Poland, and Turkey, and altogether a soldier of consumm, by self-sacrifice, he might unbar the gates of light for mankind. On Sunday, the twenty fifth, all New York was in motion. Tryon, the royal governor, who had arrived the day before, was to land from the harbor; and Washington, accompanied by Lee and Schuyler, under the escort of the Philadelphia Light Horse, was known to have reached Newark. As the colony of New York had been enjoined by the general congress to respect the king's government, the governor and the general were both entitle
bliging behavior; the intelligence, culture, and manners of Reed engaged esteem; Lee personally excited disgust, but the general persuasion of his skill and experienupon the whole, Chap. XLII.} 1775. July. God is in the midst of us. Meantime Lee had not been many days in the camp before the British generals in Boston, who knimself and for Howe, that their political principles were unchanged, and invited Lee to an interview within the British lines, for the purpose of inducing such explan the first overture of accommodation. Clutching at the office of a negotiator, Lee avoided asking advice of a council of war, and of himself requested the Massachud referred him to a council of war for further advice. Thwarted in his purpose, Lee publicly declined to meet Burgoyne, but he also sent him a secret communication,eing sustained by France and Spain. This clandestine correspondence proved that Lee had then no fidelity in his heart; though his treasons may as yet have been but
rposing his authority, would not suffer it, and Lee did not venture to proceed alone; yet on the teed to postpone the attack. On the fifteenth, Lee stationed Armstrong at Haddrell's Point; and tht, Muhlenberg's regiment arrived. On receiving Lee's orders they had instantly set off from Virgintle 28. sea-breeze prognosticated the attack. Lee, from Charleston, for the tenth or eleventh timChap. LXVI.} 1776. June. 28. the land forces. Lee should have replenished his stock; but in the h Moultrie received. At three in the afternoon, Lee, on a report from his aide-de-camp Byrd, sent Mhe gateway was unbarred to receive a visit from Lee. The officers half naked, and begrimed with then came down from Rutledge and from Gadsden; and Lee gave his witness, that no men ever did behave ve better. On the afternoon of the thirtieth Lee reviewed the garrison, and renewed to them the the continental congress voted their thanks to Lee, Moultrie, Thomson, and the officers and men un[8 more...]
follow. Ten thousand was the number of men, which all agreed was necessary for Canada, and they were resolved to Chap. LXVII.} 1776. Apr. maintain that number on the St. Lawrence, leaving Washington very much to his own devices and the effect of solicitations, addressed to the colonies nearest him, at a time when it was the grand plan of the English to take possession of Hudson river. For Canada an able general was wanted not less than an army. Schuyler having refused the service, and Lee having been transferred to the South, Putnam stood next in rank; but Washington, who judged him leniently as an executive officer, saw his utter incompetency to a distant, separate command. Thomas of Massachusetts, a man of less experience but superior ability and culture, was, therefore, raised to the rank of major general and ordered to Quebec. To complete the misery of the army, with whichhe was to hold Canada, the small pox raged among the soldiers: Thomas had never been inoculated; and