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appeal, and though in the midst of military preparations, with a hostile army at hand, he detained Colonel Reed's messenger long enough to write a short letter in reply: "to thank you," said he, "as I do most sincerely, for the friendly and affectionate sentiments contained in yours towards me, and to assure you that I am perfectly convinced of the sincerity of them.
"True it is, I felt myself hurt by a certain letter which appeared at that time to be the echo of one from you; I was hurt-not because I thought my judgment wronged by the expressions contained in it, but because the same sentiments were not communicated immediately to myself. The favorable manner in which your opinions, upon all occasions, had been received, the impressions they made, and the unreserved manner in which I wished and required them to be given, entitled me, I thought, to your advice upon any point in which I appeared to be wanting. To meet with anything, then, that carried with it a complexion of withholding that advice from me, and censuring my conduct to another, was such an argument of disingenuity, that I was not a little mortified at it. However, I am perfectly satisfied that matters were not as they appeared from the letter alluded to."
Washington was not of a distrustful spirit.
From this moment, we are told that all estrange ment disappeared, and the ancient relations of friendly confidence between him and Colonel Reed were restored. * His whole conduct throughout the affair bears evidence of his candor and magnanimity.
* Life of Reed, by his grandson.
Feigned Movements of Sir William Howe-Baffling Caution of Washington-Rumored Inroads from the North-Schuyler Applies for Reinforcements-Renewed Schemes of Howe to Draw Washington from his Stronghold - Skirmish between Cornwallis and Lord Stirling-The Enemy Evacuate the Jerseys-Perplexity as to their Next Movement-A Hostile Fleet on Lake Champlain-Burgoyne Approaching Ticonderoga—Speculations of Washington-His Purpose of Keeping Sir William Howe from Ascending the Hudson-Orders George Clinton to Call out Militia from Ulster and Orange Counties-Sends Sullivan towards the HighlandsMoves his Own Camp back to Morristown - Stir among the Shipping-Their Destination Surmised to be Philadelphia — A Dinner at Headquarters— Alexander Hamilton - Graydon's Rueful Description of the Army-His Character of Wayne.
HE American and British armies, strongly posted, as we have shown, the former along the heights of Middlebrook, the other beyond the Raritan, remained four days grimly regarding each other both waiting to be attacked. The Jer
sey militia, which now turned out with alacrity, repaired, some to Washington's camp, others to that of Sullivan. The latter had fallen back from Princeton, and taken a position behind the Sourland Hills.
Howe pushed out detachments, and made several feints, as if to pass by the American camp and march to the Delaware; but Washington was not to be deceived. "The enemy
will not move that way," said he, "until they have given this army a severe blow. The risk would be too great to attempt to cross a river where they must expect to meet a formidable opposition in front, and would have such a force as ours in their rear." He kept on the heights, therefore, and strengthened his intrenchments.
Baffled in these attempts to draw his cautious adversary into a general action, Howe, on the 19th, suddenly broke up his camp, and pretended to return with some precipitation to Brunswick, burning as he went several valuable dwelling-houses. Washington's light troops hovered round the enemy as far as the Raritan and Millstone, which secured their flanks, would permit ; but the main army kept to its stronghold on the heights.
On the next day came warlike news from the North. Amesbury, a British spy, had been
Reported Arrival of Burgoyne
seized and examined by Schuyler. was stated as being arrived at Quebec to command the forces in an invasion from Canada. While he advanced with his main force by Lake Champlain, a detachment of British troops, Canadians and Indians, led by Sir John Johnson, was to penetrate by Oswego to the Mohawk River, and place itself between Fort Stanwix and Fort Edward.
If this information was correct, Ticonderoga would soon be attacked. The force there might be sufficient for its defense, but Schuyler would have no troops to oppose the inroad of Sir John Johnson, and he urged a reinforcement. Washington forthwith sent orders to Putnam to procure sloops, and hold four Massachusetts regiments in readiness to go up the river at a moment's warning. Still, if the information of the spy was correct, he doubted the ability of the enemy to carry the reported plan into effect. It did not appear that Burgoyne had brought any reinforcements from Europe. If so, he could not move with a greater force than five thousand men. The garrison at Ticonderoga was sufficiently strong, according to former accounts, to hold it against an attack. Burgoyne certainly would never leave it in his rear, and if he invested it, he would not have a sufficient number left to send one body to