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Gen'l. Greene and a number of other them with words to this effect (if not principal officers.

the identical) 'what do you do here Tuesday 26. Last night, about two · lads?' 'Waiting for two or three of the

West Point Arnold's escadiut. Gen’l

perfect readiness to march at the short- 'I am glad to find myself among my est notice. Advice having been rec'd. friends again. I have been out on from His Excellency of Gen'l. Arnold's weighty business and am now returning treason in being about to deliver up to York & wish you to guard me a few West Point into the hands of the miles,' to which they readily assented, Enemy. Of Arnold's escape to the immediately arose from their game Enemy & of Mr. Andrie, Adjut. Gen’l. with their guns, step'd round him & orof the British Army being our prisoner. dered him to dismount or he was inThis day the Pennsylvania divisions stantly a dead man. He used entreaties march'd agreeable to orders.

Wednesday 27. Last night Capt. go but they told him they availed Sewall invited me to go the grand him nothing. He dismounted — they rounds with [him). I cheerfully ac- searched him, took his watch, money cepted & went between 11 & 1 o'clock. &c. but found no writings. They made This day Sergt's. Frost & Poland & my- him sit down and searched further, self obtained permission to pass the pulled off one boot and then the other guards and went first to Dobbs Ferry. — when under his stocking foot they Near it is a block house building, which found papers by which Gen'l. Arnold's we was at while at the Ferry. A British Hellish Plot was discovered. They then sea officer arrived there with a flag, in a brought him on to His Excellency, barge & was permitted to land & de- General Washington who was then in liv'd a letter to the commanding officer Connecticut.

him ched himd no Wri sear

went to a house near the Ferry with sential article in the affair. Viz. The several American officers. We then re- above mentioned prisoner (who proved turn’d, towards camp, leaving it on our to be the British Adjt. Gen'l.) offered right, went on about three miles & we our men a large sum of money to let conversed with several inhabitants & him go but they treated his proposal returned to camp by the way I pass’d with disdain & queried with him how it. Some rain. Blessed be God for his much he would give them. He made preserving goodness.

large offers but they were all lighter Thursday 28th. This day the British than a feather against their honorable Adjt. Genl. & [Hett?] Smith a Tory Patriotism and finally resolutely aswere brought to the Army & kept under sured him he was not to go to York guard in a house & think they were again but was their prisoner & should Arnold's accomplices.

safely guard him to Washington. Fryday 29 — Nothing remarkable. The three heroes who took Mr. An

Saturday 30. Learnt the circum- drie yesterday came to the Army and stances respecting the captivating the were conversed with by many. British Adjt. Gen'l. — It happened Lord's Day. Oct. 1st. Pleasant about 2 or 3 miles below Terrytown by weather, attended divine service, text, 3 of our militiamen who were a patrol. Psalms 52 v. 7. on the occasion of ing — they had halted to divert them- treason. selves by a game at cards when a man Gen'l. Orders that Maj. Andrie the rides up (to them) and speaks addresses British Adjt. Gen’l., was tried by a

board of Gen'l officers & condemned to hours, then were marched to the woods suffer death, the sentence to be put in about 2 miles west of the point and execution the usual way. The gallows there three days. was erected, grave dug & numerous Monday 4. Marched from thence & spectators had assembled expecting to the baggage having arrived at the

execution put off.

N. W. from West Point. Monday 2d. This day, the business Tuesday [5] This day built chimnies of Mr. Andrie's execution was resumed to our tents. Gen'l. Glover's & Lieut. and completed. He was hung at 12 Learneds Brigade in barracks at the o'clock, with great apparent fortitude Point. Paterson's in hutts which the to the last. Capt. Sewall on guard. Yorkers yesterday left, being ordered

Wednesday 4th. Stormy, This eve- to Albany for several days. Part of the ning, ... a soldier in our camp was levies have been discharged. punished agreeable to a sentence of a Through the whole campaign, I have Court Martial for loosing Continental enjoyed an uninterrupted state of horses, a disobedience of orders while health, notwithstanding the many inin the B. waggon service. He received conveniences we have necessarily been 38 (lashes ?) and then joined the com- subjected to — for which I desire to pany.

bless and praise God's holy name whose TOTOWAY, October 26 Thursday. mercy is great above the Heavens & This day, a general review by His Ex- beg him to give me new resolution to cellency Gen'l. Washington & French devout my spared life to his service & Ambassador and a number of other I do pray God to grant me wisdom and gen'l. officers. The Ambassador had strength to conduct in such a manner been selected] from Congress and was as shall be well pleasing in his sight & on his return.

that he would keep & preserve me in Oct'r. 27, Fryday. I sold Serj’t. every time of danger & difficulties, that Huggins one dozen cartridges which I may glorify him in body & spirit, number he lost.

while in this life & if it shall be His holy Lord's Day. November 26. This will, see these United States free & inday, the Army rec'd marching orders. dependent & my friends & relations in

Monday 27. This day, agreeable to peace & safety to rejoice with them, & yesterday's orders, we marched at 10 above all, be brought to the full enjoyo'clock & encamped 2 miles E. of ment of God in his Heavenly KingPeramust church in woods. Pleasant dom, for Christ's sake. weather.

N. B. The seven nights which we Tuesday 28. March’d. from Pera- lay in the wood without covering, only must and encamped near Karhaat part of one was wet - a very pleasant church.

march. Wednesday 29. Marched from Kar- West Point. Saturday 16. Capt. haat and encamped near Kings Ferry. Sewall let me have a pair of boots.

Thursday 30. Decamp'd from Kings- Tuesday 19. Bought the aforesaid ferry & incamped in the woods near boots of Capt. Sewall for which, I am West Point.

to pay him One hundred & twenty Fryday, December 1. Arrived at dollars, old emission. Agreed with West Point, where I met several of my Plaisted to give him my linen breeches old friends who rec'd & treated me for his blanket. kindly. Tarried on the Point a few Tuesday Jan. 2d, 1781. Yesterday the

rum

lettert clothing, the Red House

new arrangement of the Army, pursu- mined to reduce them to obedience. ant to the resolves of Congress of the Last evening, sent by the Col. with a 3 & 21 Oct'r. took place. A gill of rum letter to the Bd. Major at the hills ordered to each of the soldiers who re- about clothing, there being 40 coats to mained in service on the occasion - a reg't. arrived at Red House — snowthis with the new year, new clothes as storm, it fell till day and was very to send in a day or two, should be last- severe. ing influences to the aspiring to be Monday 29. Pleasant weather and a come new creatures.

load of wood. Fryday 5. Lieut. Huggins & Arnold Wednesday 31. Col. Sprout returned arrived from threshing. The comp'y from command, having reduced the was served with clothes but no coats. Jersic troops to their duty, two of

We are now, through Divine Good- whom were shot.

trust, we are to remain during the win- mittee from Boston arrived with hard ter, here are hutts which will tolerably money for the troops. Money left on accommodate us & in which I hope we the Island because the ice is weak — O! may make improvements in all those God keep our hearts in thy love. things which tend to the glory of God Lord's Day 18. Committee from and our countrie's good surrounded state began to pay the troops their hard with mountains — may we have the money nine dollars per man, light comsensible preference of the God of Glory panies first who are ordered on deat all times with us — be influenced, tachment duty. M. Ge'l. Howe set off directed & supported by wisdom. This for Boston. Colo. Sprout asked me if day, Lieut. Huggins & Arnold were dis- I did not want a furlough, answered I ch'g'd and set off for home.

should be happy in an opportunity of Saturday 13. Fuller & John went on visiting my friends for a short time preredoubt guard. Get brimstone of the vious to the opening of a new camsurgeon to anoynt for the itch.

paign. Said he would give me a recomLord's Day 14. Last night anointed mendation for a furlough. for to cure the itch. This day I read a Tuesday March 13. Sarjt. Penny small book which I borrowed of Mr. was at our hut, said he was going home Senote containing two sermons 1st. if in 10 days & that, if after he had been the righteous surely are saved &c. 2. home, he cold get 400 hard dollars There is a way that seemeth right unto would engage for three years & come a man but the end of that way is death out again. News. A number of the - Willard & Wakefield return'd from enemy vessels were coming up the rivextra service, some snow.

er, were as far as Sing Sing — BragMonday 15. Last night reanointed, don, a soldier of Capt. Williams' comto-day pleasant — copied back orders p'y. began to fit our compy's hut to - Willard & Wakefield's levies dis- accommodate him and his wife, havcharged and set off for home.

ing no place to live in as the number of Thursday 18. Last evening had a our comp'y.are small they quarter with surtout and a waistcoat cut out of a Capt. Williams comp'y, in their hut & blanket.

when recruits arrive & it becomes necTuesday 23. Yesterday Col. Sprout essary for our comp’y. to occupy the informed me he was ordered on com- hut — Bragdon &c is to remove from mand — that the Jersic troops had re- the hut. volted & His Excellency was deter- Thursday 22. Delivered } lb. tea for Capt. Lord to his waiter. The com- News from the Lines. The enemy sur

adelphia.

ours at Pine Bridge, murdered Col. Wednesday 28. 29 years of age. Green & a major & several militia. [Edmund Gale born March 28, 1752.] Lord's Day 27. Richardson absent Thursday 29. Pleasant.

from roll call by reason as appeared he Saturday 31. Agreeable to Gen'l was very drunk. In evening Adjt. BalOrders, the troops of 2 Brigade marched lard ordered me to put him into the to be inoculated for smallpox. 24 from guard house as soon as he was able to 2 Regt. Lieut. Myrick & 16 privates — walk, which he was not at tattoo his waiter Maxwell is with him. Maj. beating. Maxwell returned to the Regt. from Monday 28. This morning, Richardcommand at the lines.

son upon his legs and according to orWednesday April 11. ... agreeable ders put to the guard house & made reto the Regulations, Lt. Myrick told me port to the Adjt. who said it was very he has seen Sewall who was not willing well. Fine Day. I should leave the company to serve Tuesday 29. Last evening Richardwith Commisary Frost, nor the Major. son brought to the post, when the Perceiving it would be disagreeable to sentence of the court martial was read the officers of the Reg't. in general it was 30 lashes but beg'd the Comtho't. it best to conclude not to leave mandants forgiveness & was forgiven the company. Supposing I might, ac- by Majr. Gibbs. This day brig'd. cordingly, I went over to Mr. Frost's marched at 8 o'clock. A. M. & arrived and told him my conclusion. Said he & encamped near the German huts at should have been glad to have had me eleven. An agreeable encampment, & that he had not sought for anybody Watkins on command at lines. else. I was obliged to him & I returned Monday May 4. Serjt. Dewey conto camp. The chain laid across the fined of overstaying his pass 18 days. river. Training weekly return for the Thursday 7. Last night and this day morrow. Dewey promoted to be a rainy & very seasonable. Blessed be serg't.

God. Monday May 14. Reg't paid their Tuesday 12. Lt. Myrick to Penna. wages for the first month in 1781. Sold my green coat Noadiah Alvord for

Tuesday 15. N. Alvord & Clary went a pair silver knee buckles & ten new off on command completed to 40 emission dollars to be paid as soon as rounds of cartridges from Irason's box. possible. Sergt. Lincoln gone. Rec'd. one re- Thursday 14. Crary returned from cruit into our company, John Choran command, lost 4 cartridges. from Boston, carpenter. Drew pair of shoes, Wadsworth, old Salem friend,

[Scrawls, and so forth. Evidently an one of the recruits who joined Capt.

attempt to make out a wash list.] Drew's comp'y, by whom I was in Wednesday 20. Maj. Gibbs made a formed my friends & relations were feast to his excellency Gen'l. Washingwell to my great satisfaction, it being ton, Genl's. Howe, Paterson & numera long while since I heard from them. ous field & commissioned officers.

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THE WORST BIRTHDAY IN A MAN'S LIFE

BY EDWARD W. BOK

In conversation one day with Colonel stock of himself; he convinces himself, Roosevelt I happened to mention that so far as a touch of lumbago, or a I was approaching my fiftieth birthday. slight murmur of the heart, or a letting

‘The worst birthday of your life,' out of his belt will permit him, that he was his instant comment.

feels just as fit as he did at thirty. Then 'Why?' I asked.

he goes out and proclaims it to all his ‘Because you can't help translating friends. 'Keener than I ever was!' it into the fact that it is half a century ‘Wonderful how I can sleep.' 'Eat? and because it is n't likely that you Eat more than I ever did,' and all the will live as long as you have lived. In familiar mental caperings that come other words, the realization is brought with fifty. home that you have lived the larger And the friend to whom he proclaims part of your life.'

all this wonders why Ned is stressing 'But you have no fear of the end of these things since never before has he life?' I asked.

felt compelled to give an inventory of 'Not a bit,' came the quick answer. his health to everyone he met. Proba‘Not an iota. I've had a wonderful bly the friend begins to suspect that time. But so much to do. The world is Ned has reached and passed the so interesting.'

fiftieth milestone. He may listen poWhen I did reach my fiftieth year it litely to Ned's protestations, but he was true: I had exactly the feeling smiles and chuckles as he walks away. which Colonel Roosevelt had pictured, Meanwhile, Ned is busy with another and so, I fancy, has nearly every man. little problem that comes with fifty.

He sees the young man of thirty with Ι

whom he compares himself coming

along, and worse still he sees – almost It is really funny to watch the aver- feels — the young man of forty at his age man when the calendar one day heels. He does not like the pace of tells him the time has come to change either of them: particularly the fortythe first figure of his age from four to year-old who seems to be crowding him five. There is something psychological a bit. He looks ahead and sees the about the half-century mark that he sixty-year-old man secure in the condoes n't like. Whether it is the realiza- tentment of his age of wisdom, and he tion, as Colonel Roosevelt said, that does n't like that picture either. He the span he has lived is longer than the gets the feeling of being between two span he will live, or that his vanity is walls. He feels sure he is at the very touched by the fact that he can no top of his stride, and yet — ! He is not longer be rated in the young-man class, so sure of it as he wishes he might be. a man simply does not like his fiftieth He must exercise, he decides. Golf, birthday. Inevitably he begins to take and when the weather does not permit

hi't like that being bett the very

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