THE PEOGKESS OF THE HOWES.
AUGUST 30–SEPTEMBEE 1776.
CARE sat heavily on the young people, who were to be formed to fortitude and endeared to after ages by familiarity with sorrows. Lord Howe received Sullivan on board of the Eagle with hospitable courtesy, approved his immediate exchange for General Prescott who was at Philadelphia, and then spoke so strongly of his own difficulty in recognising congress as a legal body, and yet of his ample powers to open a way for the redress of grievances, that the American general volunteered to visit Philadelphia as a go-between. A few hours after the troops passed over from Long Island he followed on parole, taking no minute of the offer which he was to bear, relying only on his recollection of desultory conversations. The American commander-in-chief disapproved his mission, but deemed it not right to prohibit by military authority an appeal to the civil power.
“Washington withdrew the garrison from Governor’s Island. Of the inhabitants of Long Island, some from choice, some to escape the prison-ship and ruin, took the engagement of allegiance. To Germain, the British general already announced the necessity of another campaign. In his report of the events on Long Island he magnified the force which he encountered two or three times, the killed and wounded eight or ten times, and enlarged the number of his prisoners. His own loss he somewhat diminished.
Conscious that congress were expecting impossibilities, Washington reminded them that the public safety required en-