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Reviews/Essays | Walker & James, Publishers | 1853
.recognized and acknowledged ? Let us hear what Sparks
says on this subject, a' d he is a New-England authority.
Quoting from Washington's correspondence on the 1st
May, 1781—the very period when Carolina was mostly over-
run by the enemy—" Scarce any State in the Union has at
this hour an eicjhth part of its quota in the field." Where
was this host of New-Englanders ? Again : "Before leaving
Weathersfield, a circular letter was written by General Wash-
ington to the governors (f the Eastern States, urging them
to fill up their quotas of continental troops with all possible
despatch."* Can it- be that these 118,350 troops were on
paper only, for the purpose of getting the pay without the
performance ? This is a point to be referred to hereafter. But
hear what Sparks farther says, of himself, only a page or two
after. " The Eastern aid Middle States IN PARTICULAR,
after the French troops had arrived in the country, and the
theatre of war had been transferrc-d by the enemy to the
South, relapsed into a state of comparative inactivity and
indifference." These patriotic, self-sacrificing New-Englanders,
1.18,000 strong ! IIe (Washington) tried all his arts and
entreaties to overcome this apathy, but the money chest being
empty, and the immediate danger tithdra.wn from their own
hoimis, the recruits came in so tardily from the States,
that the army (Northern) was never in a condition to author-
ize an undertukinr of magnitude, without 'he co-operation of
a French, feet superior to the British."f Even at the siege of York, the French forces were nearly equal to the continen-
tals, and the Southern militia to the French ; the former
being more than five thousand strong, the militia more than
fi~ur thousand, and the A4ontinentarls about seven thousand.
And these continentals, as already stated, contained several
Spark 's Washiug,tou, vol. i., p. 359. 1bid, vol. i., p. BC2.