Life and Correspondence of Joseph Reed: Military Secretary of Washington, at Cambridge, Adjutant-general of the Continental Army, Member of the Congress of the United States, and President of the Executive Council of the State of Pennsylvania, Volume 1

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Lindsay and Blakiston, 1847 - United States
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Page 157 - I know the unhappy predicament I stand in ; I know that much is expected of me ; I know that, without men, without arms, without ammunition, without any thing fit for the accommodation of a soldier, little is to be done ; and, what is mortifying, I know that I cannot stand justified to the world without exposing my own weakness, and injuring the cause, by declaring my wants ; which I am determined not to do, further than unavoidable necessity brings every man acquainted with them.
Page 229 - Our situation is truly distressing. The check our detachment sustained on the 27th ultimo has dispirited too great a proportion of our troops and filled their minds with apprehension and despair. The militia, instead of calling forth their utmost efforts to a brave and manly opposition in order to repair our losses, are dismayed, intractable, and impatient to return. Great numbers of them have gone off — in some instances almost by whole regiments, by half ones, and by companies at a time.
Page 213 - If we should be obliged to abandon the town, ought it to stand as winter quarters for the enemy ? They would derive great conveniences from it, on the one hand, and much property would be destroyed on the other.
Page 148 - A few more of such flaming arguments, as were exhibited at Falmouth and Norfolk,' added to the sound doctrine and unanswerable reasoning contained in the pamphlet " Common Sense," will not leave numbers at a loss to decide upon the propriety of a separation.
Page 103 - Words which he repeated many times, under emotions of the deepest agitation and distress.
Page 140 - The speech I send you. A volume of them was sent out by the Boston gentry ; and, farcical enough, we gave great joy to them, without knowing or intending it ; for, on that day, the day which gave being to the new army, but before the proclamation came to hand, we had hoisted the Union flag in compliment to the United Colonies. But behold ! it was received in Boston as a token of the deep impression the speech had made upon...
Page 114 - You affect, sir, to despise all rank not derived from the same source with your own. I cannot conceive one more honorable, than that which flows from the uncorrupted choice of a brave and free people, the purest source and original fountain of all power.
Page 230 - ... restraint and government, have produced a like conduct but too common to the whole, and an entire disregard of that order and subordination necessary to the...
Page 235 - Westchester which lies below the mountains. I would then have stationed the main body of the army in the mountains on the east, and eight or ten thousand men in the Highlands on the west side of the river. I would have directed the river at Fort Montgomery, which is nearly at the southern extremity of the mountains, to be so shallowed as to afford only depth sufficient for an Albany sloop, and all the southern passes and defiles in the mountains to be strongly fortified.
Page 157 - I have been here with less than one half of that number, including sick, furloughed, and on command ; and those neither armed nor clothed as they should be. In short, my situation has been such, that I have been obliged to use art, to conceal it from my own officers.

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