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[70] which exceeded his worst apprehensions, com-
Chap. XLIV.} 1775. Sept.
pelled him to inactivity, from a cause which he was obliged to conceal from the public, from the army, and even from most of the officers.

Under every discouragement from the conflicting rules and agreements, laws and usages, of separate colonies, he toiled to form an army which he yet knew must fall away from him before victory could be achieved; and ‘braving the shafts of censure, and pledging a soldier's fame which was dearer to him than life,’ he silently submitted to the reproach of having adopted from choice the system of inaction, at which his soul revolted.

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