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The Life of Gouverneur Morris

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Ticonderoga.--Ethan Allen.-State of affairs on Lake Champlain.--Visit of Allen and Warner to the Continental Congress and the Congress of New York.--Authorized to raise a regiment of Green Mountain Boys.--Emission of money by New York.--General Wooster marches his forces to Haerlem.--Committee of Safety.-Its organization and powers.--Unpopular measure of attempting to seize the arms of disaffected persons.--Affair with the armed ship Asia, in the harbor of New York.--Captain Sears.--Destruction of Rivington’s printing presses.­-Excitement occasioned by that adventure.

The state of affairs at Ticonderoga demanded the early attention of the New York Congress.  That fortress had been taken on the tenth of May, by a small body of forces partly from Connecticut, partly from Massachusetts, but chiefly from the settlements in the New Hampshire Grants, under the command of Ethan Allen.  It is true, that Arnold had set off upon the same adventure, with a colonel's commission from the Massachusetts Committee of Safety, then sitting at Cambridge, but he overtook the party on its march, and arrived only in time to quarrel with Allen, by setting up pretensions to command over him, in virtue of the new commission, which he brought in his pocket, although not a soldier came with him, and he was beyond the limits of the power from which he derived his military rank.  Neither Allen nor his men were disposed to acknowledge his authority, and he went on with the party as a volunteer.

Ticonderoga being within the bounds of New York, it devolved on the authority of that colony to take it in custody, and, in compliance with a recommendation of the Continental Congress, they removed the cannon and stores to the south end of Lake George.  This was easily effected, but they had no military force to take possession of the fort, not a man as yet

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From The Life of Gouverneur Morris: With Selections from His Correspondence and Miscellaneous Papers; Detailing Events in the American Revolution, The French Revolution, and in the Political History of the United States, by Jared Sparks, Volume 1, Boston: Gray & Bowen, 1832, p 53. Some minor edits may have been made, but an attempt has been made to preserve the original spelling. Although some effort has been made to correct the limitations of OCR technology, if you find an error please report it to


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