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George Bancroft, History of the United States from the Discovery of the American Continent, Vol. 8 6 0 Browse Search
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a wrangling was kept up for two days; when it was settled at sixty four thousand five hundred German crowns from the date of the signature of the treaty, and twice that sum for two years after the return of the troops to their own country. Von Riedesel, a colonel in the duke's service, was selected for the command, and received the rank of a major general. He was a man of uprightness, honor, and activity, enterprising, and full of resources; fond of his profession, of which he had spared nooss of a campaign, the admiralty did not provide transports enough at the time appointed, and even in March could not tell when they would all be ready. The first detachment from Brunswick did not sail from England till the fourth of April, and Riedesel was at Quebec before the last were embarked; the first division of the Hessians did Chap. LVII.} clear the British channel till the tenth of May. The transports were also very badly fitted up; the bedding furnished by the contractors was in
at, the congress at Philadelphia, on the first day of June, in the helplessness of its zeal, resolved that six thousand militia be employed to Chap. LXVII.} 1776. June 28. reinforce the army in Canada, and to keep up the communication with that province; and called upon Massachusetts to make up half that number, Connecticut one quarter, New Hampshire and New York the rest. They also authorized the employment of Indians. On that same day the first division of the Brunswick troops under Riedesel arrived with Burgoyne at Quebec, and, with the regiments from Ireland and others, put into the hands of Carleton an army of nine thousand nine hundred and eighty four effective men, well disciplined, and abundantly provided with all the materials of war. Henceforth the Americans were in imminent danger of being cut off and utterly destroyed. The death of Thomas on the second, left the command to Sullivan. Arriving with his party at Sorel on the fifth, he assumed it with the misplaced co