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The Life of Gouverneur Morris

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much less to throw up the works. In short, I know not what to make of this apathy on so important a subject.

I shall now give you a detail of what we have been doing, and in what circumstances we are. Our force, including the minute men, amounts to about seventeen hundred men. Ward's regiment, which is the strongest, I have stationed on Long Island. They are employed in making fascines, and preparing other materials for constructing three redoubts, one of which will in a great measure, in correspondence with a battery, which I have sunk opposite to it in the city, secure the entrance of the East River. Waterberry's and Stirling's regiments are quartered in the city; the former in the upper barracks, the latter in the lower. Two hundred minute men are

likewise lodged in the town. Drake's regiment of minute men, and one more company, (in all about two hundred, are stationed at Horn's Hook, which commands the pass of Hell Gate. They are employed in throwing up a redoubt, to contain three hundred men.


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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 84. 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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