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ng them away from the city, where their mere presence kept the love of independence alive.
Chap. XVIII.} 1780. Sept. 25. security by a threat of retaliation on innocent men was an unworthy act which received no support from Sir Henry Clinton.
Andre was without loss of time conducted to the headquarters of the army at Tappan.
His offence was so clear that it would have justified the promptest action; but, to prevent all possibility of complaint from any quarter, he was, on the twenty-ninth, brought before a numerous and very able board of
29. officers. On his own confession and without the examination of a witness, the board, on which sat Greene, second only to Washington in the service; St. Clair, afterwards president of congress; Lafayette, of the French army; Steuben, from the staff of Frederic the Second; Parsons, Clinton, Glover, Knox, Huntingdon, and others, all well known for their uprightness,—made their unanimous report that Major Andre, adjutant-general of the Br