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s Pres-de-Ville. The body of Cheesman, whose career had been a brief but gallant one, had fallen over the rocks. In the pathway lay Macpherson, a youth, as spotless as the new- Chap. LIV.} 1775. Dec. fallen snow which was his winding sheet; full of genius for war, lovely in temper, honored by the affection and confidence of his chief; dear to the army, leaving not his like behind him. There, too, by his side, lay Richard Montgomery, on the spot where he fell. At his death he was in the first month of his fortieth year. He was tall and slender, well limbed, of a graceful address, and a strong and active frame. He could endure fatigue, and all changes and severities of climate. His judgment was cool, though he kindled in action, imparting confidence and sympathetic courage. Never himself negligent of duty, never avoiding danger, discriminating and energetic, he had the power of conducting freemen by their voluntary love and esteem. An experienced soldier, he was also well vers
76, was the saddest day that Chap. LVI.} 1776. Jan. ever broke on the women and children then in No that mischievous persons on Chap. LVI.} 1776. Jan. shore may not have found amusement in feeding tvantage. The world gave him Chap. LVI.} 1776. Jan. credit for an army of twenty thousand well armeil of monarchy we have added Chap. LVI.} 1776. Jan. that of hereditary succession; and as the first has protected us, say some. Chap. LVI.} 1776. Jan. She did not protect us from our enemies on our s his purpose. We may be as Chap. LVI.} 1776. Jan. effectually enslaved by the want of laws in Amehth of January, was most op- Chap. LVI.} 1776. Jan. portune; the day before, the general congress hs as a part of his majority. Chap. LVI.} 1776. Jan. When Cushing's constituents heard of his pusillhteenth of January, raised a Chap. LVI.} 1776. Jan. party of volunteers, took Sir Joseph Wright priade in the minds of European Chap. LVI.} 1776. Jan. statesmen, who would have regarded an invitatio[11 more...]
occasion, the landgrave, to give his faithful subjects proof of his paternal inclinations, most graciously suspended from July to the Chap. LVII.} time of the return of his troops, one half of the ordinary contribution to his military chest. The other half was rigorously exacted. It was stipulated that the British pay, which was higher than the Hessian, should be paid into the treasury of Hesse; and this afforded an opportunity for peculation in various ways. The pay rolls, after the first month, invariably included more persons than were in the service; with Brunswick, the price to be paid for the killed and wounded was fixed; the landgrave introduced no such covenant, and seemed left with the right to exact full pay for every man who had ever once been mustered into the British service, whether active or dead. The British minister urged the indispensable necessity that the Hessian soldiers should be allowed as ample and extensive enjoyment of their pay as the British: I da
anders, who had settled in Chap. LVIII.} 1776. Jan. the valley of the Mohawk, were reported as disp prevent their rising, Schuyler at Albany, in January, following the orders of the general congressores that he delivered up, Chap. LVIII.} 1776. Jan. was inconsiderable; on the twentieth, at noon, en's county, where a large Chap. LVIII.} 1776. Jan. part of the population was of Dutch descent, anitted; the British men-of- Chap. LVIII.} 1776. Jan. war were not fired upon; and in return the comm New York were in imminent Chap. LVIII.} 1776. Jan. danger from the tories; and that large bodies oll out another under Ward. Chap. LVIII.} 1776. Jan. In this manner Lee, who had never commanded so expedition to the Carolinas never met the ap- Jan. proval of Howe, who condemned the activity of t appointed for the meeting Chap. LVIII.} 1776. Jan. of the seven regiments from Ireland, he broke oason to expect the arrival of the armament in January or early in February, was infatuated with the[3 more...]
not the air of passion, but appeared, as it was, the clear perception of the sublimity of his task. When, in the life of a statesman, were six months of more importance to the race, than these six months in the career of John Adams? On resuming his seat, he found a change in the delegation of South Carolina. That province had sent to Philadelphia a vessel not larger than a pilot boat, for Gadsden, who held the highest rank in their army: at the risk of capture, the patriot embarked in January; fought his way through the ice in the Delaware, and against headwinds at sea; escaped the British cruisers only by running the small craft in which he sailed upon the sands of North Carolina, Chap. LX.} 1776. Feb. and continuing his journey through Georgetown to Charleston by land, encouraged all who came round him on the way to demand independence. To aid in forming a new government, the elder Rutledge had preceded him, leaving the delegation from their colony to suffer from the absenc
Chapter 67: The retreat from Canada. January—June, 1776. The death of Montgomery dispelled the illusion Chap. LXVII.} 1776. Jan. to Mar. that hovered round the invasion of Canada. The Jan. to Mar. that hovered round the invasion of Canada. The soldiers whose time expired on the last day of December insisted on their discharge; some went off without leave, taking with them their arms; the rest were dejected and anxious to be at home. There evolved on Wooster, who was at Montreal; and he wrote in every direction for Chap LXVII.} 1776. Jan. to Mar. aid. To Warner and the Green Mountain Boys he sent word that they must come down as fast to a country in that rigorous season almost uninhabitable, through snow and Chap. LXVII.} 1776. Jan. to Mar. over frozen lakes, without tents, or any shelter from the inclemency of the weather. Theove, there was little aptness for military subordination; and if Washington Chap. LXVII.} 1776. Jan. to Mar. found it difficult to reduce them to order, if Schuyler almost threw up the attempt, if M
moderation to energy. After they had all passed away, their longevity was remarked as a proof of their calm and temperate nature; full two thirds of the New England representatives lived beyond seventy years; some of them to be eighty or ninety. Every colony was found to be represented, and the delegates of all but one had received full power of action. Comprehensive instructions, reaching the question of independence without explicitly using the word, had been given by Massachusetts in January, by South Carolina in March, by Georgia on the fifth of April. North Carolina, in the words of Cornelius Harnett, on the fourteenth of April, was the first to direct expressly its representatives in congress to concur in a declaration of independence. On the first of May, Massachusetts expunged the regal style from all public proceedings, and substituted the name of her government and people; on the fourth, Rhode Island more explicitly renounced allegiance, and made its delegates the repre