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Poughkeepsie, 19 January, 1777.

THERE is too much ice in Hudson's river to cross it in ferry boats, and too little to cross it without, in most places, which has given us the trouble of riding up the Albany road, as far as this place, where we expect to go over on the ice, but if we should be dis appointed here, we must go up as far as Esopus, about fifteen miles further.

This, as well as Fishkill, is a pretty village. We are almost wholly among the Dutch. Zealous against the Tories, who have not half the tranquillity here, that they have in the town of Boston, after all the noise that has been made about New York Tories. We are treated with the utmost respect, wherever we go, and have met with nothing like an insult from any person whatever. I heard ten reflections, and twenty sighs and groans, among my constituents, to one here.

I shall never have done hoping that my country men will contrive some coup dt main for the wretches at Newport. The winter is the time. Our enemies have divided their force. Let us take advantage of it

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