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The Life of Gouverneur Morris
‘I should apprize you, that General Clinton arrived
almost at the same instant with myself. He
has brought no troops with him, and pledges his honor that none are coming. He says he is merely on a visit to his friend
Tryon. If it is really so, it is the
most whimsical piece of civility I ever heard of. he informs us, that his intention is for
Congress committee, a certain number of the Committee of Safety, and your
humble servant, have had two conferences.
The result will agreeably surprise you.
It is, in the first place, agreed, and justly, that to fortify the town
against shipping is impracticable; but we are to fortify lodgements, in some
commanding part of the city, for two thousand men. We are to erect enclosed batteries on both
sides of the water near Hell Gate, which will answer the double purpose of
securing the town against piracies through the Sound, and secure our
communication with Long Island, now become a more capital point than ever, as
it is determined to form a strong fortified camp of three thousand men in that
Island, immediately opposite to New York.
The pass in the
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 81. 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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