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Reviews/Essays | Walker & James, Publishers | 1853
them, like meteors, crossing each other and bursting in the
air. It appeared as_ if the stars were tumbling down. The
fire was incessant, almost the whole night, cannon balls whiz-
zing and shells hissing continually amongst us ; great guns
bursting and wounded men groaning along the lines. It was
a dreadful night. It was our last great effort, but availed us
nothing."" May 10. As usual," says De Brahm. Our Subaltern is
more communicative.

" Militia abandon the lines, and cannot be prevailed upon
to join. Cannon entirely deserted. Two pieces in the half-
moon dismounted, and one unfit for use. This battery unable
to make * * * * Circumstances alarming. Capt.
Valentine Peyton, firing a cannon which was deserted, and in
front of which the enemy were working uncovered—shot
through the head—died almost immediately, much lamented.
Adjutant Ferrell killed by a shell. At 4 o'clock this after-
noon a flag was sent from us, to desire a negotiation with the
enemy. The militia were now convinced they were deceived
in their conjectures of the quantity of provision and other
stores, and sincerely desired the acceptation of terms."" May 11. As usual. The enemy's trenches were extend-
ed under the abbatis of the advanced battery (F). This af-
ternoon a parley was sent to the enemy, to propose fresh
terms of capitulation." [De Brahm.]
" May 11. The negotiation continued. The soldiers not
served with provisions. People of the town flock to the
lines." [Subaltern.]
"May 12. The terms were accepted, and the English
army took possession of the town. The English have worked
very hard upon the fortifications. All that I can learn is that
they have strengthened the profiles of the lines—that they
have constructed a fort at Hampstead, very nearly upon the
plan herewith marked with dotted lines, and some redoubts
more advanced. They have also commenced a battery upon
Shute's Folly ; but the foundation is scarcely raised." [De