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An Epigram for Benedict Arnold

From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol II.  Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859. ‘Twas Arnold’s post Sir Harry sought, Arnold ne’er enter’d in his thought. How ends the bargain? let us see, The fort is safe as safe can be, His favorite perforce must die, His view’s laid bare to ev’ry eye;…

The Congratulation

From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol II.  Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859. Dii boni, boni quid porto?—Terence. Joy to great Congress, joy an hundred fold, The grand cajolers are themselves cajol’d; In vain has ——’s1 artifice been tried, And Louis swell’d with treachery and pride, Who reigns supreme in heav’n deception…

Sir Henry Clinton’s Soliloquy

From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol II. Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859. Upon his recovery from the phrensy into which he was thrown by the storming of Stony Point. “To fight, or not to fight, that is the question!” Whether ’tis best within1 Manhattan’s isle, Snug to encamp, secure from war’s…

The Number Seven

From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol II. Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859. August 15.—The number seven, which signifies fulness or perfection, from various passages of scripture, appears to point out events interesting and important. But noth­ing of this kind is more extraordinary than what is afforded to us in the course…