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Reviews/Essays | Walker & James, Publishers | 1853
selfish interests, which were rather benefitted than injured by
the continuance of a contest, the burden of which was to be
borne only by the Southern and middle colonies. The denseness
of her population enabled her to gather troops more rapidly
together than in the other provinces ; but we have seen with
what rapidity the zeal subsided, which, in the first flush of the
conflict, seemed to promise the most wonderful results. That
the British withdrew from Massachusetts, was due entirely to
the fact that they sought to escape the severities of the cli-
mate, in a region, the poverty of which, at that period, prom-
ised them little more than constant privations, if not hard
knocks. Their withdrawal, as we know by a thousand proofs,
at once rendered the region which they left comparatively in-
different to every thing in the progress of the conflict, but the
possession of the spoils of office and victory ; of which, by the
way, their subsequent history shows them to have been al-
ways considerate. But we have some further hints from the
pen of Mr. Graydon, which the discussion of our present sub-
jest does not permit us to disregard. Writing, with reference
to the opinions of the army, while it occupied the heights of
IIarlaem, and after the surrender of New-York, Graydon
" In so contemptible a light were the New England men
regarded, that it was scarcely held possible to conceive a case
which could be construed into a reprehensible disrespect of
them. Thinking so highly as I now do, of the gentlemen of
this country, the recollection is painful, but the tact must not
be dissembled."
The wretched blunder by which it was resolved to defend
Fort Washington, with a grossly inadequate force, with works
untenable and badly chosen, is thus commented on by our
author : " But suppose Fort Washington tenable, ` what sin-
gle purpose,' as it has been observed by General Lee, ` did it
answer to keep it ? Did it cover, did it protect a valuable