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The Life of Gouverneur Morris
but I give you my word, that no active service is proposed, as you seem to apprehend.
ships of war are quiet, I shall be quiet, but I declare solemnly, that if they
make a pretext of my presence to fire on the town, the first house set in
flames by their guns shall be the funeral pile of some of their best friends. But I believe, Sir, the inhabitants may rest
in security on this subject. I am
convinced, and every member who considers a moment must be convinced, that the
destruction of the seaport towns would, if possible, be a severer stroke to the
Ministry and their instruments, than to the inhabitants themselves. The seaport towns are the only holds they
compliance, Sir, with your request, I shall only carry with me into town a
force just strong enough to secure it against any designs of the enemy, until
it shall please the Continental Congress to take measures for its permanent
security. The main body I shall leave on
the western frontiers of
At the same time General Lee wrote to General Washington in the following terms.
‘It was unnecessary sooner to trouble you with my scrawl, as I could give you no -information the least interesting. I find the people through this province more alert, and more zealous, than my most sanguine expectations. I believe I might have collected ten thousand volunteers. I take only four companies with me, and Waterberry's regiment, which is so
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 78. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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