Andreana: Containing the Trial, Execution and Various Matter Connected with the History of Major John Andred, Adjutant General of the British Army in America, A, Part 1780

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Horace Wemyss Smith
H. W. Smith, 1865 - Courts-martial and courts of inquiry - 67 pages
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Page 61 - Scammel now informed him that he had an opportunity to speak, if he desired it; he raised the handkerchief from his eyes and said. " I pray you to bear me witness that I meet my fate like a brave man.
Page 44 - ... letter to General Washington, conceived in terms of dignity without insolence, and apology without meanness. The scope of it was to vindicate himself from the imputation of having assumed a mean character, for treacherous or interested purposes ; asserting that he had been involuntarily an impostor ; that contrary to his intention, which was to meet a person for intelligence on neutral ground, he had been betrayed within our posts, and forced into the vile condition of an enemy in disguise...
Page 17 - I shall rather risk that, than neglect the business in question, or assume a mysterious character to carry on an innocent affair, and, as friends have advised, get to your lines by stealth.
Page 3 - Arnold went from his quarters, which were at this place, as it was supposed over the river to the garrison at West Point ; whither I proceeded myself, in order to visit the post I found General Arnold had not been there during the day, and on my return to his quarters he was still absent.
Page 30 - Andre was employed in the execution of measures very foreign to the objects of flags of truce, and such as they were never meant to authorize or countenance in the most distant degree ; and this gentleman confessed with the greatest candor, in the course of his examination, " That it was impossible for him to suppose he came on shore, under the sanction of a flag.
Page 50 - Misfortune cuts down the little vanities that, in prosperous times, serve as so many spots in his virtues, and gives a tone of humility that makes his worth more amiable. His spectators, who enjoy a happier lot, are less prone to detract from it through envy, and are more disposed, by compassion, to give him the credit he deserves, and perhaps even to magnify it.
Page 31 - ... civilities and acts of humanity, which the rules of war permit between civilized nations, I find no difficulty in representing to you, that several letters and messages sent from hence have been disregarded, are unanswered, and the flags of truce that carried them, detained.
Page 59 - I am ready at any moment, gentlemen, to wait on you." The fatal hour having arrived, a large detachment of troops was paraded, and an immense concourse of people assembled ; almost all our general and field officers, excepting his Excellency and his staff, were present on horseback ; melancholy and gloom pervaded all ranks, and the scene was affectingly awful.
Page 64 - All I request of you, gentlemen, is that you will bear witness to the world that I die like a brave man.
Page 18 - THE heart which is conscious of its own rectitude, cannot attempt to palliate a step which the world may censure as wrong ; I have ever acted from a principle of love to my country, since the commencement of the present unhappy contest between Great Britain and the Colonies ; the same principle of love to my country actuates my present conduct, however it may appear inconsistent to the world, who very seldom judge right of any man's actions.

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