Diary of the American Revolution: From Newspapers and Original Documents - Vol. 2

Diary of the American Revolution: From Newspapers and Original Documents - Vol. 2

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Diary of the American Revolution: From Newspapers and Original Documents - Vol. 2

Diary of the American Revolution: From Newspapers and Original Documents - Vol. 2

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JANUARY 1. -- AT the opening of the last year, the American cause wore a sickly aspect. The Continental army, reduced to an inconsiderable body, retired as fast as the enemy advanced; and a vast tract of country, from the Hudson River to the Delaware, lay exposed to the ravages of an insulting foe. Roused at length from the lethargy which at first seemed to seize them, the militia poured in to the assistance of General Washington, and gave his little army an appearance of numbers. The fortunate surprisal of the Hessians, and the brilliant manœuvre at Princeton, first checked the current of misfortune, and gave the tide of affairs a contrary direction. General Howe, confining himself to the narrow limits of Brunswick and Amboy, suffered us to invest him with a handful of militia. The States wisely improved the breathing spell which Heaven lent them; and such were the exertions of the winter, that, before the British army took the field, we had a respectable force on foot. A force, part of which, assisted by the gallant militia of New York and New England, hath destroyed their northern army; while the residue, though unable to stop the progress of General IIwe, hath nevertheless fought him bravely, and even now limits his conquests to "just so much territory as he can command with the mouths of his cannon." It is true the British are in possession of the first city on the continent; the loss is deeply felt by the unhappy citizens. But America disdains to say she suffers by the event.

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