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Reviews/Essays | Walker & James, Publishers | 1853

tion, and the simple southron, Washington, has no idea of re-
sorting to this specific in such a case. Congress, he has often
assured us, " would not give a bounty." And this growling
and grumbling about the impossihilitv of getting the regi-
ments filled, even in this region, which, according to Mr. Sa-
bine, overflows with sans cu.lotes eager for battle, is continued
ad nauseam, by all our officers, throughout the entire war.
We could quote passage after passage from Washington's
letters on the subject, but prefer the confessions of New Eng-
land officers themselves. The lack of troops from New Eng-
land ; their presumption, incapacity, and constant exactions ;
are the chief causes which prevent Washington from doing
any thing in the face of the enemy.
We turn to another authority, in regard to these matters,
and one which, as between north and south, must be held an
impartial one. The reader is referred to the Pennsylvanian,
Graydon, of whose work a new edition has been presented to
the public.* Speaking of General Schuyler, a man sacrinced
to the bigoted prejudices of New England, he says
" That he should have been displeasing to the Yankees, I
am not at all surprised. Ile certainly was at no pains to con-
ceal the extreme contempt he felt for a set of men who were
both a disgrace to their stations and the cause in which they
acted, &c."" The sordid spirit of gain was the vital principle
of this greater part of the army. The only exception I recol-
lect to have seen to these miserably constituted bands of New
England, was the regiment of Glover, from Marblehead.
There was an appearance of discipline in this corps ; the offi-
cers seemed to have mixed with the world, and to under-
stand what belonged to their stations But even
in this regiment there were a number of negroes, &c."" Ta-
* Memoirs of his own times ; with reminiscences of the rn n and events of the Revolution. By Alexander Graydon. Philadelphia : 1846.