Washington and His Comrades: Chapter III

Independence Well-meaning people in England found it difficult to understand the intensity of feeling in America. Britain had piled up a huge debt in driving France from America. Landowners were paying in taxes no less than twenty per cent of their incomes from land. The people who had chiefly benefited by the humiliation of France …

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Rivington’s “Condition of New York”

From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol II.  Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859. July 4.—The imagination can scarcely conceive of a more condition than that of the inhabitants of New York, between the Highlands and Albany. The persons favoring independency, which consist only of such as despair of escaping the vengeance of …

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Patriotic Women

From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol II.  Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859. July 4.—The ladies of Trenton, in New Jersey, emulating the noble example of their patriotic sisters of Pennsylvania,1 and being desirous of manifesting their zeal in the glorious cause of American liberty, having assembled this day for the purpose …

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Catholic Celebration at Philadelphia

From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol II. Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859. July 5.—Yesterday being the anniversary of the day which gave freedom to the vast republic of America, the Congress, the President, and the Council of the State, with the other civil and military officers, and a number of principal …

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Tryon’s Descent on New Haven

From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol II. Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859. July 7.—On Sunday night last, (4th,) a fleet of British ships and vessels were observed -in Long Island Sound, standing towards New Haven, and about two o’clock the next morning the fleet, consisting of the Camilla and Scorpion men-of-war, …

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