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Samuel Hazard, John Blair Linn, William Henry Egle, George Edward Reed, Thomas Lynch Montgomery, Gertrude MacKinney, Charles Francis Hoban
J. Severns & Company, 1890 - History
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A collection of documents supplementing the companion series known as "Colonial records of Pennsylvania" which contain the minutes of the Provincial Council, of the Council of Safety, and of the Supreme Executive Council of Pennsylvania.

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Page 305 - Divine service," it was added, "is to be performed to-morrow in the several brigades and divisions. The commander-in-chief earnestly recommends that the troops not on duty should universally attend, with that seriousness of deportment and gratitude of heart which the recognition of such reiterated and astonishing interpositions of Providence demand of us.
Page 240 - Contours, in each end of the Casement was a small hole where the friends of the Deceased or any body might see the corps when they pleased, then over all was built a large shed of bark so as to prevent the rain from coming on the Vault, the chiefs of the [mss.
Page 749 - ... although the enemy had been firing a little before, they did not now give us a single shot. I suppose their astonishment at our conduct must have prevented them, for I can assign no other reason.
Page 150 - The bulwarks of the city, came to the edge of the hill, above that place. Thence down the side of the precipice, slantingly to the brink of the river, there was a stockade of strong posts, fifteen or twenty feet high, knit together by a stout railing, at bottom and top with pins. This was no mean defence, and was at the distance of one hundred yards, from the point of the rock.
Page 151 - Even to have stepped the spaces in a formal manner, would have been dishonourable, if not a species of treason. A blockhouse, if well constructed, is an admirable method of defence, which in the process of the war, to our cost, was fully experienced. In the instance now before us (though the house was not built upon the most approved principles) yet it was a formidable object. It was a square of perhaps forty or fifty feet. The large logs neatly squared, were tightly bound together, by dove-tail...
Page 335 - Skulk in the face of danger, the Officer next to him is immediately to put him to Death, — that he may no longer disgrace the Name of a Soldier or the Corps or State he belongs to. As General Wayne is determined to share the danger of the Night — so he wishes to participate of the glory of the day in common with his fellow Soldiers.
Page 202 - Woodbridge to near Beamantown where we encamped. At the former place we heard the cannonading of Fort "Washington, which we subsequently learned was captured. November 17. — Marched from Beamantown to Brunswick, where we arrived at 2 pm Here our soldiers drank freely of spirituous liquors. They have chiefly got a disorder, which at camp is called the Barrel Fever, which differs in its effects from any other fever — its concomitants are black eyes and bloody noses.
Page 83 - Strange as this tale may appear to you, in these times, the agreement was religiously performed. Being young, my appetite was ravenous as that of a wolf, but honor bound the stomach tightly.
Page 133 - ... leading soon into the main body of the Lower Town. Here it was, that the most serious contention took place : this became the bone of strife. The admirable Montgomery, by this time, (though it was unknown to us) was no more : yet, we expected momentarily to join him. The firing on that side of the fortress ceased, his division fell under the command of a Colonel Campbell, of the New York line, a worthless chief, who retreated, without making an effort, in. pursuance of the general's original...
Page 149 - March, 1778, but it was not published until some months after that date, and it was generally thought by good whigs, that it had been too long delayed. For my own part I was so passionately engaged at heart in the principles of our cause, that Paine's manner of living and acting gave me a high disgust towards him. No idea could enter my mind, that any one, in that noble struggle, could be idle or disengaged.

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