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Of these, the first, from deference to 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 consummate ability, who had joined their cause from the purest impulses of a generous nature.
In England he was better understood.
From what I know of him, wrote Sir Joseph Yorke, then British minister at the Hague, he is the worst present which could be made to any army.
He left the standard of his king, because he saw no
Chap. XLI.} 1775. June 17. chance of being provided for at home, and, as an adventurer, sought employment in any part of the