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On the afternoon of the seventh, the expedition
7. landed near Fairfield.
The village, a century and a quarter old, situated near the water with a lovely country for its background, contained all that was
Chap. X.} 1779. July 7. best in a New England community,—a moral, welleducated, industrious people; modest affluence; wellordered homes; many freeholders as heads of families; all of unmixed lineage, speaking the language of the English bible.
Early puritanism had smoothed its rugged feaf the country east of the Penobscot.
Yet, notwithstanding this signal disaster, the main result of the campaign at the north promised success to America.
For want of re-enforcements, Clinton had evacuated Stony Point and Rhode Island.
All New England, west of the Penobscot, was free from an enemy.
In western New York the Senecas had learned that the alliance with the English secured them gifts, but not protection.
On the Hudson river the Americans had recovered the use of King's ferry,