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the private soldiers; and they from thence argued, that it was exactly such as he and his council had devised. After generai Washington’s success in the Jerseys, the obduracy and malevolence of the royalists subsided in some measure. The surviving Trisoners were ordered to be sent out for an exchange; but seweral of them fell down dead in the streets, while attempting to walk to the vessels.” - - - * Gen. Washington wrote togen. Howe in the beginning of April, “It is a fact not to be questioned, that the usage of our prisoners while in wout possession, the privates at least, was such as could not be justified. This was procłained by the concurrent testimony of all who came eut. Their appearance sanctified the assertion, and melancholy experience, in the speedy death of a large part of them, “Stamped it with infallible certainty.” The cruel treatment of the prisoners being the subject of conversation among some officers captured by Sir Guy Carleton, gen. Parsons, who was of the company, said, “I am very glad of it.” They expressed their astonishment, and desired him to explain himself. He thus addressed them. “You have been taken by gen. Carleton, and he has used you with great hungainity; would you be inclined to fight against him * 'The an'swer was No. “So,” added Parsons, “would it have been, had the troops taken by Howe been treated in like manner; but ‘now, through his cruelty, we shall get another army.” The hon. William Smith, esq.f now at Haverstraw, learning how the British used the prisoners, and concluding it would operate te that end by enraging the Americans, applied to the committee of ‘the New-York state, for leave to go into the city, and remonstrate with the British upon such cruel treatment, which he doubt‘ed net-but that he should put a stop to. The congruittee, however, either from knowing what effect the cruelties would have in strengthening the opposition to Britain, or from jealousies of his being in some other way of disservice to the American cause, or from these united, would not grant his request. Gen. Gates has been repeatedly heard to say to the following purport-“Had gen. Howe seem to it, that the prisoners and Jersey inha‘bitants, when subdued, were treated with as much humanity and kindness as Sir Guy Carleton exercised toward his prison ers, it would have been all up with the Americans.” - * ..The congress commissioners for treating with the Indians of the Six Nations, and their brethren on the Susquehanha, have
had repeated mectings with them. They had one the last August at the German Flats; when Adarn, an Oghuaga Sachess, inade mention of the line that was scted between the Indians and whites at the treaty at Fort Stanwix; and observed, that by the agreement the whites were not to encroach upon their lands; but that of late some of the white people had made encroachments, by surveying their hunting grounds, ciese up to their habitations. He desired the commissioners to consider it, and hoped for redress. They assured the Indians, that the great cotincil at Philadc'phia would effectually put a stop to such wicke practices, and punish cvery person that should offeed against their orders. “If any persons (say they) shall come upon your Jands, we desire you will immediately bring them to the minister, that he may write down their names, and inform us of it, and then we shall immediately proceed against them. Brothers, you may all rest assured, that no white people will be suffered to pass the line settled at Fort Stanwix; for although that agreeInent was made with th: king, yet as you are satisfied with it, we shall take care that it is complied with.” Since then, some of the Indians have complained of a number of people who have gone over the line, and settled on the west branch of the Susquehanna, contrary to the Fort Stanwix treaty, and threatened they would Inot suffer them to stay. The people have not any legal claim to the ground in the opinion of the commissioners; who suppose that col. Butler, upon coming to Niagara, seized upon this affair as a fit instrument to foment a difference. But the difference, it is hoped, will be prevented by a late treaty at Easton, which cnded February the sixth, to mutual satisfaction. The commissioners say, “We remember the agreement at Fort Stanwix. Our people ought not to have bought, and your people not to have sold lands contrary to the former agreement. We blame both. We will tell this matter to congress, who will enquire, and not suffer the old agreement to be broken by any of their peele. They will cais the intruders back, and do strict justice to oth sides.” The Indians seemingly mean to adhere steadily to their engagements of neutrality; and absolutely protest against either the enemy marching through their country by way of Niagara, to attack the United States, or the army of the latter marching that way to attack their enemy. -, The Americans were not in readiness to begin their naval hostilities at a distance from their own coasts till late in the last year. That circumstance however, was of no great disadvantagé, by reason of an unexpected occurrence. The discovery of an intended conspiracy among the negroes of Jamaica, détained the fleet till after the customary time of sailing. Through this deten** * * *-* . . tion,
tSdn, it sailed at a season that was accompanied with much tempestuous weather, which scattered the ship?, and exposed them to such American cruisers, as lay in wait for them in the latitudes through which they were to pass in their voyage homeward. The consequence was, that many of them, were taken by the American privateers. The trade from the other islands suffered proportionably ; so that by the close of the year, the British loss in. captures, exclusive of transports and government store-ships, was "Considerable higher than a million sterling. The privateers were at .no -difficulty as to the disposal of their prizes. 1 he ports of France and Spain especially the first, were open to them, both in Europe, and in their American dominions. In the last the captors sold them openly, without any colours of disguise. On 'remonstrances from the British court, a little more decorum was observed in Europe, and a check given to the avowed sale of them ; for a while they were obliged to quit the harbours, and were purchased at the entrance Orin'the offing. But inthe WestIndia islands the real inclinations of the French were undisguised. They not only purchased the prizes as fast as they could be brought into port; they moreover fitted our privateers, under American colours and commissions, and with a few American seamen on board (at times probably not any) carried on a war tipon the British commerce.
Though many have been the captures made by the ships and armed vessels of the British navy, they have not counterbalanced, cither in number or value those taken by the Americans from Great-Britain. Several of them indeed were laden with flour, and other articles for the trade in the West-Indies ; and so proved a timely relief to the British islands, which were suffering much, through the depravation they lay under, of those various supplies with which they had been before furnished from the American continent.
The ministerialists at New-York will undoubtedly amuse the nation with accounts of the thousands, who have formed themselves into military corps under the auspices of gen. Sir William Howe, as he is now to be stiled from the honor conferred upon h\n\, for his success on Long-Island. But when the campaign comes to be opened by Sir William, you will find that they are reduced to hundreds ; and that the acquisition of strength derived from the country, whatever flattering appearance it may have upon paper, is no wise answerable, to.tne report. Governor Try on made a parade in black and white before lord George Germain, with his two thuosand nine hundred and seventy inhabitants of New-York, who have qualified by taking an oath of allegience and fidelity to his majesty. By the aid of the mayor, he may in~ Tot. II. Z 'crease
erease them to three thousand and twenty. He may add those attested on Staten-island and elsewhere, and make the whole amount to five thousand six hundred men. He may also tell of the foyal inhabitants of Queen's county, who have received, eight hundred stand of arms, with demonstrations of joy, and with a professed resolution to use them in defence of the island”. But the service they will be of to government, in the great American contest, will be next to nought. - - -
The Georgia representatives, met in convention, unanimously agreed in a constitution for that state, on the 5th of Februray. - - - - . . . ;
- L E T T E R VII. . . . . - * ...
London, June 7, 1773, .
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M", Sayre sued lord Rochford, in the court of Commons * - Pleas, about this time twelvemonth, for illegal imprisonment; the jury granted him a thousand pounds damages, subject to the opinion of the court upon a point of law. Thus ended an affair, which in the commencement occasioned a great bustle among the people. w - - " - a An unaccountable indifference possessed the nation, through the last summer. When at length the American cruisers, not only scoured the Atlantic, but spreading over the European seas, brought alarm and hostility to our doors—when the destruction which befel the homeward bound richly laden WestIndia fleets, poured equal ruin upon the planters in the islands, and the merchants at home—even in that state of public loss and private distress, an unusual phlegm prevailed, and the same tran– quil countenance was preserved, by those who had not yet partaken of the calamity. - " .. Administration had acquired such an appearance of stability. as seemed to render them, for some considerable time to come, superior to the frowns of fortune. Supported by an irresistible majority in parliament, they were already armed with every
* - powes.
-power which they were capable of desiring for the establishment of their American system. But the conduct of the French and
Spaniards gave them just cause of alarm. The French and
Spanish ministry not only connived at the encouragement given •to the American privateers, but filled the ports of both kingdoms with such indications as denoted that objects of far higher and more dangerous importance were in contemplation. The naval preparations carried on by the house of Bourbon, became at length so formidable, that sixteen British ships of the line were suddenly put into commission; [Oct. 25.] and the unusual methods taken for manning them by a very hot unexpected press, and the opening houses of rendezvous for such seamen, as would enter voluntarily upon the proffered bounty. Some days after a proclamation was issued for a general fast through England and Wales, to be observed the 13th of December following.
The news of gen. Howe's success on Long-Island, gave the highest satisfaction to administration, and the strongest hopes of the most decisive good consequences. The messenger of the operations had been but two days in London, befcre a title and badge of honor was bestowed upon the general.-*
On the last of October, the sesslonof parliament was opened. The royal speech seemed to breathe indignation and resentment against the people of America ; and. the receipt ,of assurences of •amity from the several courts of Europe was still acknowledged. When the address of the house.of commons in answer to it was produced, an amendment was moved for by. lord John Cavendish, and supported by a speech perhaps theniost remarkable of any that had heeri delivered since the commencement of the troubles, for the freedom and peintedness with; which it was express-«d^ .It entered into a comprehensive view of the conduct of the British ministry respecting America ; and approached diem with the pursuits of schemes formed for the red uction. and chastisement of a party, supposed to consist of some inconsiderate and factiuus men, but which had in the issue, driven thirteen large colonies into an open and armed resistance. Every act of parliament, it said, proposed as a mean of procuring peace and submission, had proved, on die contrary, a new cause of opposition and hostility. The nation was now almost inextricably involved in a bloody and expensive civil war, which threatened to exhaust the strengdi of the British dominions, and to lay them open to the most deplorable calamities. No hearing had been given to the reiterated petitions of the colonies, nor any ground iaid for a reconciliation, the commissioners nominated for the purpose of restoring peace, net being, furnished with sufficient powers to bring about so desirable an end. it observed, that it must have