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at by the representatives of the king as an infatuation. Martin, of North Carolina, making himself busy with the affairs on, employed himself in training the people to arms; though Martin, the royal governor, held his military talents in light eselves into independent companies. Afraid of being seized, Martin, suddenly shipping his family to New York, retreated to Fo of July he came down to Fort Johnston, and concerted with Martin the raising a battalion of the good and faithful Highlandeeeking protection on board the king's ships; and just then Martin slunk away from land, and took refuge on board the Cruiser In a vituperative, incoherent, interminable proclamation, Martin had warned the people against the convention, as tending tand political scruples were thus removed. The intrigue of Martin with the Highlanders was divulged by Farquhard Campbell, aeep in memory; Abner Nash, an eminent lawyer, described by Martin as the oracle of the committee of Newbern, and a principal
e substituted, whatever might be the cost. The advantage of keeping possession of Boston as a means of occupying the attention of New England, was considered; but it was determined to concentrate the British forces at New York, as the best means of securing the central provinces and the connection with Canada. The vaunts of Dunmore were so far heeded, that a small force of some hundred men was held sufficient, with the aid of loyalists and negroes, to recover the province. The promises of Martin led to the belief that, on the appearance of a few regiments, the Highland emigrants and many thousands in the back counties of North Carolina would rally round the royal standard; and in consequence, five regiments of infantry, with ten thousand stand of arms, six small field pieces, two hundred rounds of powder and ball for each musket and field piece, were ordered to be in readiness to sail from Cork early in December; and this force was soon after made equal to seven regiments. I am not
and, must wade for many miles through a sandy pine barren before it could reach the inhabited part of the country. But Martin, who had good reason to expect the arrival of the armament in January or early in February, was infatuated with the hope,as to command the army as brigadier; Chap. LVII.} 1776. Feb. next him in rank was Donald Macleod. The first return to Martin represented that the loyalists were in high spirits; that their force would amount even to six thousand men; that they wes. On that day Donald Macdonald, their commander, sent Donald Morrison with a proclamation, prepared the month before by Martin, calling on Moore and his troops to join the king's standard, or to be considered as enemies. Moore made answer instantlgh their piny forests, they were persuaded that in their own woods they could win an easy victory over British regulars. Martin had promised the king to raise ten thousand recruits; the storeship, with their ten thousand stands of arms and two milli
gence was received, that Chap. LXII.} 1776. May. the works erected by the rebels on Sullivan's Island which was the key to the harbor, were in an imperfect and unfinished state, Clinton was induced to acquiesce in the proposal of the commodore to attempt the reduction of that fortress by a sudden attack, to be followed up by such other immediate efforts as might be invited by a moral certainty of rapid success. With these purposes, the British prepared to retire from North Carolina; but Martin, before leaving his government, sent a party to burn the house of Hooper, a delegate in the continental congress; Cornwallis, with nine hundred men,—it was his first exploit in America,—landed in Brunswick county, and with a loss of two men killed and one taken prisoner, burned and ravaged the plantation of the North Carolina brigadier, Robert Howe; and Sir Henry Clinton, in conformity with his instructions from the king, issued his proclamation on the fifth of May, against committees and co