This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1870 Excerpt: ...reinforcements from Pennsylvania, the North, and from Lee, but the latter still lingered, hoping, no doubt, to hear of the capture of Washington and his little force, or to find an opportunity to strike a blow himself. Again the chief wrote to him, informing him of the advance of the enemy, and his own impotency to confront him, saying: "I must entreat you to hasten your march as much as possible, as your arrival may be too late to answer any valuable purpose." And now, again, the chief implon d Governor Livingston to arouse the militia of New Jersey, if possible, but the call was in vain. Utter despondency had taken possession of men's minds in that state; and at the same time, from the chief commanders of the British forces in America, before whose victorious march the republican troops were flying, went forth a command, by proclamation in the name of the king, that all persons whatsoever, who were assembled together in arms, should disband and return home; and all congresses, conventions, commits This proclamation of the brothers Howe, was dated November 30th, 1776. Jet. 44. RETREAT TO THE DELAWARE. 351 tees of safety, and other associations hostile to his majesty, to cease their treasonable doings and disperse. With these commands pardon and protection were offered; and many, especially men of property, regarding the republican cause as hopeless, took advantage of the proposition. Governor Livingston was powerless, for the moment, and he could give Washington his warmest sympathies only. These were much, in that dark hour of trial, and the heart of the commanderin-chief was filled with grateful emotions when that patriot wrote: "I can easily form some idea of the difficulties under which you labor, particularly of one for which the public...
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