the Connecticut militia, who left them no time to execute the intention of General Smith to burn the town.
At East Haven, where Tryon commanded, dwelling-houses were fired, and cattle wantonly killed; but his troops were in like manner driven to their ships.
Some unarmed inhabitants had been barbarously murdered, others carried away as prisoners.
The British ranks were debased by the large infusion of convicts and vagabonds recruited from the jails of Germany.
On the afternoon of the seventh, the expedition
7. landed near Fairfield.
The village, a century and a quarter old, situated near the water with a lovely country for its background, contained all that was
Chap. X.} 1779. July 7. best in a New England community,—a moral, welleducated, industrious people; modest affluence; wellordered homes; many freeholders as heads of families; all of unmixed lineage, speaking the language of the English bible.
Early puritanism had smoothed its rugged features under the influence of