An essay on the life of the honorable Major General Israel Putnam: addressed to the State Society of the Cincinnati in Connecticut

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Hudson and Goodwin, 1788 - Generals - 187 pages
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Page 123 - GALLANTS attend and hear a friend Trill forth harmonious ditty, Strange things I'll tell which late befell In Philadelphia city. Twas early day, as poets say, Just when the sun was rising, A soldier stood on a log of wood, And saw a thing surprising. As in amaze he stood to gaze, The truth can't be denied, sir, 10 He spied a score of kegs or more Come floating down the tide, sir.
Page 24 - Having groped his passage to the horizontal part of the den, the most terrifying darkness appeared in front of the dim circle of light afforded by his torch.
Page 22 - Wearied with such fruitless attempts, (which had brought the time to ten o'clock at night) Mr. Putnam tried once more to make his dog enter, but in vain. He proposed to his negro man to go down into the cavern and shoot the wolf: the negro declined the hazardous service.
Page 22 - This wolf at length became s-uch an intolerable nuisance that Mr. Putnam entered into a combination with five of his neighbors to hunt alternately until they could destroy her. Two by rotation were to be constantly in pursuit. It was known that having lost the toes from one foot, by a...
Page 125 - The rebels — more's the pity, "Without a boat are all afloat, "And rang'd before the city. "The motley crew, in vessels new, " With Satan for their guide, sir. "Pack'd up in bags, or wooden kegs, "Come driving down the tide, sir. "Therefore prepare for bloody war, "These kegs must all be routed, "Or surely we despised shall be, "And British courage doubted.
Page 67 - D'Ell and Harman,* seconded by the persevering valour of their followers, prevailed. They drove from the field the enemy, who left about ninety dead behind them. As they were retiring, Putnam was untied by the Indian who had made him prisoner, and whom he afterwards called master.
Page 181 - There the dragoons, who were but a sword's length from him, stopped short ; for the declivity was so abrupt that they ventured not to follow ; and, before they could gain the valley, by going round the brow of the hill in the ordinary road, he was far enough beyond their reach.
Page 23 - The aperture of the den on the east side of a very high ledge of rocks is about two feet square.
Page 69 - To quit the world would scarcely have cost a single pang ; but for the idea of home, but for the remembrance of domestic endearments, of the affectionate partner of his soul, and of their beloved offspring.
Page 66 - Human imagination can hardly figure to itself a more deplorable situation. The balls flew incessantly from either side, many struck the tree, while some passed through the sleeves and skirts of his coat. In this state of jeopardy, unable to move his body, to stir his limbs, or even to incline his head, he remained more than an hour. So equally balanced, and so obstinate was the fight!

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