of corn, their gardens, the flames of their cottages, the unburied bodies of their beloved defenders, escaped by a pass through the hills to the eastern settlements.
Every fort and dwelling was burned down.
The Senecas spread over the surrounding country, adepts in murder and ruin.
The British leader boasted in his report that his party had burned a thousand houses and every mill; Germain in reply extolled their prowess and even their humanity,
Lord George Germain to Sir Clinton, 4 Nov., 1778. and resolved on directing a succession of similar parties, not only to harass the border, but to waste the older settlements.
Yet the marauders came to destroy and deal deaths, not to recover and hold; and the ancient affection for England was washed out in blood.
When the leader of the inroad turned to desolate other scenes, Pennsylvania was left in the undisputed possession of her soil.
After the retreat of the British, her government,
Chap. V.} 1778. as well as that of New Jerse