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as foon as poffible, he fent with it a paffport for that 1782.
affuring you, that in whatever light my agency in this
It was not long after Sir Guy Carleton's arrival, ere
1782.vaded the troops. Its appearances are removed, but I know of no expedient that will fecure the existence of this [the fouthern] army, unless fupplies arrive foon May from Philadelphia. N. Greene."-" Fifh-kill, May 25. 25 Yesterday was the third day our army [under Washing
ton] has been without provifion. Every department is without money and without credit. The army could not make a march of one day, as they are without every necessary as well as provifions. Officers and foldiers are exceedingly difcontented. You have doubtlefs heard of the premeditated revolt of the Connecticut line, happily discovered the day previous to that in which it was to have been put in execution. The ringleader was punished with death. Wherever I go I hear complaints which make me dread the most fatal confequences. The diftreffes of our army have arrived to the greatest pos28. fible degree. Steuben."-" May 28. I am under anxiety from the want of the neceffary depofits of provifions in the garrison of Weft Point. This is an alarming circumstance. Were the enemy to know our fituation, and make a fudden attempt, what is there to fave these Aug. important posts? G. Washington."—" Aug. 13. For up13. ward of two months, more than one third of our men [of the fouthern army] were entirely naked, with nothing but a breech-cloth about them, and never came out of their tents; and the reft were as ragged as wolves. Our condition was little better in the article of provifion. Our beef was perfect carrion; and even bad as it was, we were frequently without any. An army thus clothed and thus fed, may be confidered in a defperate fituation. However, we have ftruggled through it. Our fupplies of provifion are better, but fcanty and uncertain. Some clothing is arrived, and added to what the
governor procured, renders the troops pretty comfort-178z.:
1782. peace. Our troops have been, and ftill are obliged to perform fervices foreign to their proper duty, without gratuity or reward, more than the foldiers of any other army-for example, the immenfe labors expended in doing the duties of artificers, in erecting fortifications and military works; the fatigue of building themselves barracks and huts annually; and cutting and transporting wood for the use of all our posts and garrifons, without any expence whatever to the public. G. Washington." -"Oct. 17. We were upon the point of trying our hands at how we could live without fubfiftence, as the fuperintendent was no longer able to fulfil his contract with the victuallers of the [northern] army, and as they relinquished it; till fortunately for us, we met with gentlemen, who for an advanced price per ration, have faved us from farvation or disbandment by giving a credit."-" Oct. 24. For want of money we have been obliged to relinquish a contract for fubfifting the army. at ten-pence a ration, and give thirteen-pence for the fake of three months credit." Even in July the demand for money was fo great as to raise intereft to five per cent. per month.
On the 2d of Auguft, Sir Guy Carleton and adm. Digby, fent out a joint letter to gen. Washington, wherein they faid-"We are acquainted, Sir, by authority, that negotiations for a general peace have already commenced at Paris, and that Mr. Grenville is invested with full powers to treat with all the parties at war, and is now at Paris in the execution of this commiffion. With refpect to Mr. Laurens, we are to acquaint you, that he has been enlarged and difcharged from all engagements without any condition whatever; after which he declared of his own accord, that he confidered
ined for ever.
fidered lord Cornwallis as free from his parole. We are 1782. further acquainted, that tranfports have been prepared in England, for conveying all the American prifoners to this country to be exchanged here; and we are directed to urge by every confideration of humanity, the most speedy exchange." When this news was known by the loyalifts, fuch a scene of distress raged through the city of New York, as is not eafily defcribed. Thofe in the army tore the lappels from their coats, ftamped them under their feet, and exclaimed that they were ruOthers cried out, that they had facrievery thing to prove their loyalty, and were now left to fhift for themselves, loft both to the friendship of their king and country. On the 7th, it was earnestly recommended in the New York paper to the loyalifts every where, to fufpend their opinion on the present important occafion, and each to continue firm to the profeffions he had made of loyalty and zeal for the reunion of the empire, and to wait the iffue. By fuch a conduct it was obferved, they would preferve a claim to national regard and protection, which it would be madness to forfeit; fince by giving way to the fuggeftions of impatience they could only difgrace themselves in the eyes of their enemies, without a fhadow of advantage.
A part of the news was foon confirmed by the arrival of two cartel fhips, at Marblehead, with 583 Americans. By the 21ft of the month a third arrived with 116 more. Your friend embraced the opportunity of talking with feveral as they paffed by his houfe. The fubftance of what they related, follows. From the beginning of the war till they left Forton prifon at Gofport, near upon 1400 had been committed, out of the whole U A