music, officers of militia, and a cavalcade of light
horse in uniform.
‘I, poor creature,’ said John Adams
, as he returned from this ‘pride and pomp of war,’ ‘I, worn out with scribbling for my bread and my liberty, low in spirits and weak in health, must leave others to wear the laurels which I have sown; others to eat the bread which I have earned.’
To his brother, Washington
wrote confidingly: ‘I bid adieu to every kind of domestic ease; and embark on a wide ocean, boundless in its prospect, and in which perhaps no safe harbor is to be found.’
He went forth not to eat the bread, still less to wear the honors of others, but to hazard his fame and life in the command of an army which had neither discipline, nor permanency, nor proper arms, nor ammunition, nor funds for its support, nor experienced officers; encouraged only by the hope that, by self-sacrifice, he might unbar the gates of light for mankind.
On Sunday, the twenty fifth, all New York was in motion.
, the royal governor, who had arrived the day before, was to land from the harbor; and Washington
, accompanied by Lee
, 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 entitled to be received with public honors; but the people intervened to mark the distinction.
On the news that Washington
was to cross the Hudson
, the bells were rung, the militia paraded in their gayest trim, and at four o'clock in the afternoon the commander in chief
, dressed in a uniform of blue, was received at Lispenard's by the mass of the inhabitants.