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orizing vigor- Chap XXXVI.} 1775. May. ous measures of defence, until the long deliberations in the committee of the whole had resulted in a compromise. Then, on Thursday, the twenty-fifth, directions were given to the provincial congress in New York to preserve the communication between the city of New York and the country, by fortifying posts at the upper end of the island, near King's Bridge, and on each side of Hudson river, in the Highlands. A post was also to be taken at or near Lake George. On that same day, while Howe, Clinton and Burgoyne were entering Boston harbor, Duane, a delegate from New York, moved in the committee of the whole, the opening of a negotiation in order to accommodate the unhappy disputes subsisting between Great Britain and the colonies, and that this be made a part of the petition to the king. A negotiation once begun, said Golden, on hearing the news, will give the people time to cool and feel the consequence of what they have already done, befo
iled away the time in their comfortable quarters, without a thought of danger, awaiting early summer, and large reinforcements, preparatory to their removal to New York. The possession of Dorchester Heights would give Washington the command of Boston and of a large Chap. LIX.} 1776. Feb. part of the harbor. Ill supplied as he was with powder, and having no resource for artillery but in the captures made from the enemy by privateers and the cannon which had been dragged overland from Lake George, he still made the necessary arrangements to occupy the position, in the hope to bring the enemy out and force them to offer battle. To that end the council of Massachusetts, at his request, called in the militia of the nearest towns. The engineer employed to devise and superintend the works was Rufus Putnam; and the time chosen for their erection was the eve of the anniversary of the Boston massacre. To Mar. harass the enemy and divert attention, a heavy cannonade and bombardment of
Told on Winter Hill. TO the student of history, as well as to all of patriotic thought, the scenes of the Colonial and Revolutionary Wars have a special interest. It was with somewhat of patriotic and reverential feeling that the writer strolled along the road from Lake George and past Bloody Pond with his grandson, and told the little boy the story of the old struggle for supremacy in that gateway of the north, and how his three times great grandfather had gone over the same route to Fort William Henry, also not omitting the story of Burgoyne's southward march over the same historic ground. And again, how impressive were the hours spent in the old Marshall house at Schuylerville (the home of a daughter's friend). There the Baroness Reidesel found shelter, descending to the cellar for safety during the cannonade of one of the world's decisive battles. Then the visit to the Saratoga battle monument, whose lofty shaft fitly commemorates the struggle of an eventful day, wi
Ohio; and on the Atlantic coast, about 20,000 rebel prisoners of war. The British schooner Mary Harris, from Nassau, N. P., entered at New York last week, had as part cargo 74 bales cotton and 100 bbls. spirits turpentine, and the British schooner Blanche, from same port, 209 bales cotton. The term of Senator Chandler, of Michigan, expires with the present Congress, on the 4th of March next. His chances for re-election are said to be small. Hon. T. F. Bowie, of Maryland, who was arrested and taken to Washington some days since, has been honorably discharged from custody. The circulation of the Maryland News Sheet in Norfolk has been suppressed. Seventeen of Morgan's cavalry, among whom was a minister, were put in the military prison at Louisville on the 25th ult. In Orleans county, in New York, they give a cow to the wife of every married man who enlists. John Van Buren is seriously ill at Lake George, and doubts are entertained of his recovery.
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