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The Life of Gouverneur Morris

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the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.[15]  In literary attainments Warner was considerably below Allen, but he possessed strong native powers, courage, coolness, and other qualifications for command in a subordinate sphere.  He and his mountaineers rendered good service during the war, particularly in the battles of Hubbardton and Bennington.

Meantime the Congress had made considerable progress in raising and organizing a battalion, consisting of four regiments, for the continental service, greatly embarrassed, however, for the want of money, clothing, arms, ammunition, and other materials for equipping an army and preparing it for the field.  While General Schuyler was pressing for reinforcements at Ticonderoga, the New York Committee of Safety, then sitting in the recess of the Congress, replied to him as if in despair.  ‘Our troops can be of no service to you; they have no arms, clothes, blankets, or ammunition, the officers no commissions, our treasury no money, and ourselves in debt.’  But things mended daily, and before the first of October the troops were nearly all ready, and sent to the northward.

It was found impossible to procure money from the Continental Congress, in such quantities as were necessary, and on the second of September, an emission of one hundred and twelve thousand five hundred dollars was resolved upon, which was promised to be redeemed within the two years following, by taxes to be levied for the purpose.  New regulations for the militia were also instituted, in the forming of which Mr. Morris had taken a principal part.

As early as the middle of June a rumor was spread, that a regiment of British troops from Ireland would soon be landed


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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 60. 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 jvinci@colonialhall.com.

 
 


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