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I HAVE this morning been out of town, to accompany our Generals, Washington, Lee and Schuyler, a little way on their journey to the American camp, before Boston. The three Generals were all mounted on horse-back, accompanied by Major Milliin, who is gone in the character of Aid-de-camp. All the delegates from the Massachusetts^ with their servants and carriages, attended. Many others of the delegates from the Congress ; a large troop of light horse in their uniforms ; many officers of militia, besides, in their's ; music playing, &c. &c. Such is the pride and pomp of war. I, poor creature, worn out with scribbling for my bread and my liberty, low in spirits and weak in health, must leave others to wear the laurels which I have sown ; others to eat the bread which I have earned ; a common case.
We had, yesterday, by the way of New York and New London, a report which distresses us almost as much as that we had last fall, of the cannonade of Boston. A battle at Bunker's hill, and Dorchester point Three Colonels wounded, Gardner mortally. We wait to hear more particulars. Our hopes and fears are, alternately, very strong. If there is any truth in this account, you must be in great confusion. God Almighty's providence preserve, sustain, and comfort you.
This moment received two letters from you. Courage, my dear. We shall be supported in life or comforted in death. I rejoice that my country men behaved so bravely, though not so skilfully con ducted as I could wish. I hope this defect will be remedied by the new modelling of the army. My love every where.
- John Adams
- Letters of John Adams, Addressed to His Wife. Edited by His Grandson, Charles Francis Adams, Volume I, 1841