The Library of American Biography, Volume 3

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Hilliard, Gray, 1835 - Biography
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Page 274 - if after this just and candid representation of Major Andre's case, the board of general officers adhere to their former opinion, I shall suppose it dictated by passion and resentment ; and if that gentleman should suffer the severity of their sentence, I shall think myself bound, by every tie of duty and honor, to retaliate on such unhappy persons of your army as may fall within my power, that the respect due to flags, and to the laws of nations, may be better understood and observed.
Page 236 - The person in your possession is Major John Andre, adjutantgeneral to the British army. The influence of one commander in the army of his adversary is an advantage taken in war. A correspondence for this purpose I held, as confidential (in the present instance) with his excellency Sir Henry Clinton. To favour it, I agreed to meet upon ground not within the posts of either army a person, who was to give me intelligence : I came up in the Vulture man-of-war for this effect, and was fetched by a boat...
Page 171 - I have been taken prisoner by the Americans, and stripped of every thing except the picture of Honora, which I concealed in my mouth. Preserving that, I yet think myself fortunate.
Page 264 - I have a mother and two sisters, to whom the value of my commission would be an object, as the loss of Grenada has much affected their income. It is needless to be more explicit on this subject ; I • am persuaded of your Excellency's goodness. " I receive the greatest attention from his Excellency General Washington, and from every person under whose charge I happen to be placed.
Page 248 - The general went up to see her, and she upbraided him with being in a plot to murder her child. One moment she raved, another she melted into tears. Sometimes she pressed her infant to her bosom, and lamented its fate, occasioned by the imprudence ot its father, in a manner that would have pierced insensibility itself. All the sweetness of beauty, all the loveliness of innocence, all the tenderness of a wife, and all the fondness of a mother, showed themselves in her appearance and conduct.
Page 244 - is not General Arnold here?" "No. Sir," replied the officer, "he has not been here these two days, nor have I heard from him within that time.
Page 240 - I know you young men are all in love with Mrs. Arnold, and wish to get where she is as soon as possible. You may go and take breakfast with her, and tell her not to wait for me. I must ride down and examine the redoubts on this side of the river, and will be there in a short time.
Page 263 - ... he ought to be considered as a spy, and, according to the law and usage of nations, to suffer death.
Page 236 - ... myself from an imputation of having assumed a mean character for treacherous purposes or self-interest ; a conduct incompatible with the principles that actuate me, as well as with my condition in life. " It is to vindicate my fame that I speak, and not to solicit security. " The person in your possession is Major John Andre, adjutantgeneral to the British army.
Page 311 - Safety before it is too late; and with respect to that kind of Censurers whose Enmity to me Originates in their hatred to the Principles, by which I am now led to devote my life to the Reunion of the British Empire, as the best and only means to dry up the streams of misery that have deluged this country, they may be assured that.

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