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Reviews/Essays | Walker & James, Publishers | 1853
Something more from the Rhode Island General :
"It was not the lower classes of people that I meant to
complain of, but the merchants and wealthy farmers. We
find many articles of merchandize enhanced in price four times
the first cost, and many of them cent per cent. The farmers
are extortionate wherever their situation furnishes them with
an opportunity The Connecticut troops went off
in spite of all that could be done to prevent it." [The bounty
not being forthcoming.] " We never have been so weak as
we shall he to-morrow. Our growing weaker, whil.t the en-
emy are growing stronger, renders our situation disagreeable."
. . . . " The regiments fill up very slowly here. It is
really discouraging If the Congress had
given a bounty, &c."
All agree that the bounty would have been the great pana-
cea for the restoration of New England patriotism. Governor
Ward, to whom Greene writes, fully responds to this sugges-

of Massachusetts, with those of Moultrie, Marion, Pickens, Sumter, and a dozen others of South-Carolina, whom the management of New England contrived to overslaugh, in the elevation of her own sons ? A nearly similar disproportion seems to exist in the distribution of the ap pointment of brigadiers. In 1775, of nine brigadiers created, New England secured 7, Virginia 1, and New-York 1. In 1776, New England had 7, Pennsylvania 3, New-York 2, New Jersey 2, Virginia 3, North-Carolina 2, South-Carolina 2, Maryland 1, Georgia 1. In 1777) New England again had 7, New-York 1, Pennsylvania 5, Virginia 4, Maryland 1 (brevet.) North-Carolina_ l. In 1779, North-Carolina 2, South-Carolina 1, Maryland 1, Pennsylvania 1. In 1780, Virginia 1. In 1782, Maryland 1. In 1783, Massachusetts 2, New Jersey 1, Pennsylvania I, Virginia 1, South-Carolina 1, Georgia 1. These four last all by brevet. Yet for the last three years, the war had been wholly confined to the south. Whether the New Englanders furnished the army and fought the battles, or not, they at least contrived to secure an ample share of the spoils of office. This was a game at which they never failed to play with profit, from the days of the revolution to the conquest of California. They are always sure to be in at the division of the spoils, if not at the death of the game.