Works, Volume 34

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Page 352 - Let the hospitality of the house with respect to the poor be kept up. Let no one go hungry away. If any of this kind of people should be in want of corn, supply their necessaries, provided it does not encourage them to idleness ; and I have no objection to your giving
Page 131 - the patriot give affecting solemnity to the implied resolve of the soldier : '' Unhappy it is to reflect that a brother's sword has been sheathed in a brother's breast ; and that the once happy and peaceful plains of America are to be either drenched with blood or inhabited by slaves. Sad alternative ! But can a virtuous man hesitate in his choice
Page 300 - sea-coast of America, and for erecting a court to try and condemn all vessels that should be found infesting the same. This act, granting letters of marque and reprisal, anticipated any measure of the kind on the part of the General Government, and was pronounced by John Adams " one of the most important documents in history,
Page 311 - In a letter to Reed he disburdened his heart more completely. " Such dearth of public spirit, and such want of virtue ; such stockjobbing, and fertility in all the low arts to
Page 317 - levies from various colonies, who, said he, " carry the spirit of freedom into the field, and think for themselves. " Accustomed as he had been, in his former military experience, to the implicit obedience of European troops, the insubordination of these
Page 336 - of December, to relieve the Connecticut regiments, and supply the deficiency that would be caused by their departure, and by the absence of others on furlough. • With this arrangement the Connecticut troops were made acquainted, and, as the time of most of them would not be out before the loth,
Page 226 - and round hats. Their displays of sharpshooting were soon among the marvels of the camp. We are told that while advancing at quick step, they could hit a mark of seven inches diameter, at the distance of two hundred and fifty yards, f
Page 374 - 1776), his army did not amount to ten thousand men, and was composed of but half-filled regiments. Even in raising this inadequate force, it had been necessary to indulge many of the men with furloughs, that they might visit their families and friends. The expedients resorted to in equipping the army, show the
Page 340 - SiR,—We have just been informed of a circumstance which, were it not so well authenticated, I should scarcely think credible. It is that Colonel Allen, who, with his small party, was defeated and made prisoner near Montreal, has been treated without regard to decency, humanity, or the rules of war; that
Page 269 - The evident unwillingness of the latter to come forth was perplexing. " Unless the ministerial troops in Boston are waiting for reinforcements," writes Washington, "I cannot devise what they are staying there for, nor why, as they affect to despise the Americans, they do not come forth and put

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