his sense that the neglect of congress had brought
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matters in his army to a crisis.
Not powder and artillery only were wanting, but fuel, shelter, clothing, provisions, and the soldiers' pay; and, while a great part of the troops were not free from mutiny, by the terms of their enlistment all of them, except the riflemen, were to be disbanded in December.
For this state of things, congress could provide no adequate remedy.
On the thirtieth of September, they therefore appointed Franklin
, and Harrison
, a committee to repair to the camp, and, with the New England
colonies and Washington
, to devise a method for renovating the army.
While the committee were on the way, Gage
on the tenth of October, embarked for England
, bearing with him the large requirements of Howe
, his successor, which he warmly seconded.
The king, the ministers, public opinion in England
had made very free with his reputation; but, on his arrival, he was allowed to wear a bolder front than he had shown in Massachusetts
, and was dismissed into retirement with the rank and emoluments of his profession.
, the new commander-in-chief
, the ministers had sent instructions, which permitted and advised the transfer of the war to New York; but, from the advanced state of the season, and the want of sufficient transports, he decided to winter at Boston
, which place he did not doubt his ability to hold.
On the fifteenth of October, the committee from congress arrived at the camp.
, who was its soul, brought with him the conviction that the American
people, though they might be made to suffer, could