CHAPTER VIII
Return of a Hero

In command at British headquarters on Staten Island was General Henry Campbell, apparently a genial as well as a diplomatic soul who thought that American prisoners up for exchange should leave the British lines in as good spirits as possible. For two days he dined and wined Colonel Allen in royal style, admitting him to his own table and discussing everything under the sun.

Ethan found this very diverting, but it failed to remove the evil memories of more than two years. He told the General to his face that he, Colonel Allen, would be happy to give the British credit for two days' good usage.

On the third day came Mr. Boudinot, American Commissary of Prisoners, bringing Colonel Archibald Campbell for exchange. Colonel Allen and Colonel Campbell saluted each other, and each made the natural remark that he had never been happier to see any gentleman than the other. Ethan was landed at Elizabeth, New Jersey, and was thrilled--"liberty ground," he called it--and in company with Colonel Elisha Sheldon and Josiah Bartlett, New Hampshire Congressman, went to Valley Forge.

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