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ftant again into the fire, in fearch of her. The Serjeant again faved him, but not without the Major's being severely burnt in his face and other parts of his body. Every thing they had in the tent was consumed.

8. This accident happened a little time before the army passed the Hudson. It neither alde red the resolution nor the cheerfulness of Lady Harriet ; and the continued her progress, a partaker of the fatigues of the advanced body. The next call upon her fortitude was of a different nature, and more distresling as of longer fufpense. 279. On the march of the 19th of September, the gre. Dadiers being liable to action at every step, The had been directed by the Major to follow the artillery, and bag: gage, which were not expofed. At the time the action began, the found herself near a finall uninhabited hut, where the alighted.

10. When it was found the action was becoming gen. etal and bloody, the furgeons of the hofpital took postelfion of the hut, as the most convenient place for the first care of the wounded. "Thug was this Lady in bearing of one continued fire of cannon, and musquetry, for four hours together, with the presumption from the post of her husband at the lead of the grenadiers, that he was in the most expofed part of the action.

Ir. She had three female *companions, the baroness of Reidefel and the wives of two British Officers, Major Harnage and Lieutenant Reynell ; but in the event their presence fèrved but little for comfort. Major Harnage was foon bronght to the Surgeons, very badly wonnded; and a little time after came intelligence that Lieutenant Reynell was shot dead. Imagination will want no help, to figure the state of the whole group.

12: From the date of that action to the 7th of October, Lady Harriet, with her ufoal ferenity, stood prepared for new trials; and it was her lot that their severity increafed with their numbers. She was again expofed to the bearing of the whole action, ard at last received the Rock of her individual misfortune, mixed with the intelligence of the general calamity; the troops were defeated, and Major Ackland, defperately wounded, was a prifoner.

13. The day of the 8th was palled by this Lady and

Her companions in common anxiety-not a tent nor a thed being standing, except what belonged to the hospital, thčir refuge was among the wounded and dying.

14. During a halt of the army, in the retreat of the 8th of October, I received a message from Lady Harriet, fubmitting to my decifion a proposal of paffing to the Americas camp, and requesting general Gate's permission to attend het husband.

15. Tho' I was ready to believe, for I had experienced that patience and fortitude, in a fupreme degree, were to be found, as well as every other virtue, under the mos tender forms, I was astonished at this propofal.

16. After fo long an agitation of the fpirits, exhausted not only for want of rest, but want of food, drenched in rains for twelve hours together, that a woman should be capable of such an undertaking as delivering her felf to the enemy probably in the night, and uncertain what hand she might forft fall into, appeared an effort above human nature.

17. The affiftance I was enabled to give was fmall indeed. I had not even a cup of wine to offer her ; but I was told the had found from some kind and fortunate band, a little rum and dirty water. All I could furnih to her was an open boat and a few lines, written on dirty wet paper, to General Gates, reconimending her to his protection.

18. Mr. Brudenell, the chaplain who had officiated at the funeral of General Fraser, readily undertook to accompany her, and with one female fervaiit and the Major's Valet, who had then in his shoulder a ball received in the late action, she rowed down the rives to meet the enemy. But her distrefses were not yet at an end.

19. The night was advanced before the boat reached the enemy's out prift, and the centinel would nut let it pass, nor even come on More. In vain Mr. Brudenell offered the Bag of truce, and represented the state of the extraordinary paf fenger. The guard apprehensive of treachery, and punciilieus to their orders, threatened to fire into the boat, if it Airred before day-light.

20. Her anxiety and sufferings were thus protracted throp seven or eight dark and cold hours; and her reflectious upon that first reception could not give lier very encouraging,

ideas of the treatment she was afterwards to expec.But it is due to justice at the close of this adven

ture to say, that the was received and accommodated by General Gates, with all the humanity and respect, that her rapk, her merits and her fortune deserved. * 24. Let fuch as are affected by these circumstances of alarm, hardship and danger, recollect, that the subject of them was a woman; of a most tender and delicate frame; of the gentlelt manners; 'accustomed to all the foft elegair sites and refined enjoyments that attend high birth and fortune, and far advanced in a stace in which the tender cares always due to her fex, become indispensably necessary. Her mind alone was formed for such trials.

N the month of August, five hundred men were em.

ployed, under the orders of the Majors Rogers and Putnam, to watch the motions of the enemy near Ticondea' roga. At South Bay they feparated the party into two equal divisions, and Rogers took a position on Wood Creek twelve miles distant from Putoam.

2. Upon being fome time afterwards discovered, they formed a re-union and concerred measures for returning to · Fort Edward. Their march through the woods, was in three divisions by Files, the right commanded by Rogers, the left by Purnam, and the center by Caprain D'Él. The first night they encampeu on the banks of Clear River, about a mile from old Fort Ann, which had been foi merly built by General Nicholson.

3. Next morning, Major Rogers and a British officer, pamed Trwin, incautiously suffered themselves from a fpirit. of falfe emulation, to be engaged in firing at a mark. Nothing could have been more repugnant to the military principles of Putnam than fuch conduct; or reprobated by him in more pointed terms.

4. As foon as the heavy dew which had fallen the prece. ding night would permit, the detachment moved in one. body, Patnam being in front, D'EN in centre and Rogers in the rear. The impervious growth of fhrubs and underbruth that had fprung up, where the land had been partially : cleared some years before, occasioned this change in the pre to of marche

5. At the moment of moving, the famous French partigan Molang, who had been fent with five hundred men to intercept our party, was not more than one mile and an half diftant from them. Having heard the firing, he baftened to lay an ambuscade precisely in that part of the wood moft favorable to his project. Major Putnam was juft emerging from the thicket into the common forest, when the enemy tose, and with discordant yells and whoops, commenced an attack upon the right of his divifion.

6. Surprised, but undismayed, Putnam halted, returned r the fire and passed the word for the other divifions to advance for his fupport. D'Ell came. The action though widely fcattered and principally fought between man and mán, foon grew general and intensely warm. It would be as difficult as,ạfelels to describe this is regular and ferocicus mode of fighting

7. Major Putnam, perceiving it would be impracticable to cross the Creek, determined to maintain his ground. In{pired by his example, the officers and men behaved with great bravery: fometimes they fought aggregately in open view, and sometimes individually under cover; taking aim from behind the bodies of trees and acting in a manner independent of each other.

8. For him felf, having discharged his fuzee several times, at length it muffed fire, while the muzzle was preffed against * the breast of a large and well preportioned Savage. This warrior, availing bimself of the indefenfible attitude of his adversary, with a tremendous war-whoop sprang forward, with his lifted hatchet, and compelled him to surrender; and having sifarıned and bound hin faft to a tree, returned to the battle,

9. The intrepid Captains D'El and Harman, who now commanded, were forced to give ground for a little distance: the Savages conceiving this to be the certain harbinger of victory, rathed impetuously on, with dreadful, and redoubled cries. But our two Partizans, collecting a handful of brave men, gave the pursuers so warm a reception as to oblige them, in turn, to retreat a little beyond the spot at which the action had cominenced. Here they made, a ftand.

10. This change of ground occasioned the tree to which Putman was tied to be directly between the fire

of the two parties. Human imagination can hardly figure to itself a more deplorable situation. The balls few incef. fantly from either side, many struck the tree, while fome passed through the fleeves and skirts of his cozt. In this kate of jeopardy, wable to move his body, to stir his limbs or even to incline his head, he remained more than an hour. So equally balanced and so obstinate was the fight.

11. At one moment, while the battle fwerved in favor of the enemy, a young favage chose an odd way of discovering his humour. He found Putnam bound. He might have dispatched him at a blow. But he loved better to excite the terror of the prisoner, by huling a tomahawk at his head or rather it fhould seem his object was to fee how near he could throw.it without touching him—the weapon struck in the tree a number of times at a bair's breadth distance from the mark.

12. When the Indian had finished his amusement, a French Baf-Officer (a much more inveterate savage by nature, though descended from so huinane and polisiked a nation) perceiving Putnam, came up to him and levelling a fuzee within a foot of his breast attempted to discharge it; it miffed fire ineffectually did the intended victim, folicit the treatment due to his Situation, by repeating, that he was a prisoner of war.

13. The degenerate Frenchman did not understand the language of honour or of nature : deaf to their voice and dead to fenfibility, he violently and repeatedly pushed the muzzle of his gun against Putnam's ribs, and finally gave him a cruel blow on the jaw with the butt of his piece. After this daftardly deed he left him.

14. At length the active intrepidity of D'Ell and Hare man, feconded by the perfevering valor of their followers, prevailed. They drove from the field the enemy, who left about ninety dead behind them. As they were retiring Putnam was untied by the Indian who had made him prifoner and whom he afterwards called master. 1.15. Having been conducted for some distance from the place of action he was Atripped of his coat, veft, stockings and fhoes'; loaded with as spany of the packs of the wounded as could be piled upon him; strongly pinioned, and his wrists tied as closely together as they could be pulled with a cord:

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