Memoirs of the Life of the Late Charles Lee, Esq. Second in Command in the Service of the United States of America During the Revolution: To which are Added His Political and Military Essays. Also, Letters To, and from Many Distinguished Characters, Both in Europe and America
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Page 293 - An Irishman, one Mr. Burke, is sprung up in the House of Commons, who has astonished every body with the power of his eloquence, his comprehensive knowledge in all our exterior and internal politics and commercial interests. He wants nothing but that sort of dignity annexed to rank, and property in England, to make him the most considerable man in the Lower House.
Page 27 - I have a right to demand some reparation for the injury committed ; and, unless I can obtain it, I must in justice to myself, when this campaign is closed, which I believe will close the war, retire from a service at the head of which is placed a man capable of offering such injuries.
Page 276 - Washington, where both the plan of defence and execution were contemptible. If a real defence of the lines was intended, the number was too few ; if the fort only, the garrison was too numerous by half.
Page 27 - ... from your situation be in the least judges of the merits or demerits of our manoeuvres ; and, to speak with a becoming pride, I can assert that to these manoeuvres the success of the day was entirely owing.
Page 26 - For disobedience of orders, in not attacking the enemy on the 28th of June, agreeably to repeated instructions.
Page 185 - Whether this gentleman excepted, does really think his Excellency a great man ; or whether evidences could not be produced of his sentiments being quite the reverse ? 12th.
Page 29 - I trust that temporary power of office, and the tinsel dignity attending it, will not be able, by all the mists they can raise, to offuscate the bright rays of truth. In the mean time, your Excellency can have no objection to my retiring from the army,
Page 37 - ... must occur to every man who is not destitute of common reason, that the further they were from their ships and the heights of Middletown, the point of their security, the more they were (to use the military language) in the air. To these considerations may be added, that the ground we found them...
Page 53 - Drayton, can raise the most ingenious- supposition, say the keenest thing, and pen the most finished period with parenthesis ; nor ambition to correspond with you in your simple character of Mr. Charles Lee, whom I cannot consider but as legally disgraced for being guilty of abominable military treason against...
Page 239 - There is a kind of suspense in men's minds here at present, waiting to see what terms will be offered from England. I expect none that we can accept; and, when that is generally seen, we shall be more unanimous and more decisive. Then your proposed solemn league and covenant will go better down, and perhaps most of your other strong measures will be adopted.