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sent the colony in the continental over losty mountains and deep Congress, and the other to defend morasses. So great were the diffiher liberties in the field. He culties, that a part of the detachjoined the army besieging Boston ment actually abandoned the ex
burning with a vehement de- pedition and returned to Camsire to vindicate the rights of the bridge to avoid starvation. Capt. colonies. In one of his letters to Ward and his company perseverhis family, dated Prospect Hill, ed, and after unheard of privaJuly 30, 1775, addressing his tions arrived before Quebec in younger brothers, he says, 'as you Nov. 1775. A letter from him on grow in stature, pray take pains the 26th of that month to his famto be manly : remember that you ily, dated at Point aux Tumblers, all may have an opportunity of gives a vivid account of the hardstanding forth to fight the battles ships of the expedition. of your country. This afternoon It would take too much time we expected to have had an en- to tell you what we have undergagement. We may have one to gone; however as a summary of night. The resulars are the whole
We have gone up landing in Charlestown from Bos- one of the most rapid rivers in ton. I thank God we are ready to the world, where the water was meet them.'
so shoal, that, moderately speakWith such an ardent spirit, ing, we have waded 100 miles. young Ward was not likely to We were 30 days in a wilderness, hesitate in embracing an opportu- that none but savages ever atnity of advancing the cause he tempted to pass. We marched 100 had espoused ; nor was it long, miles upon short three days probefore one was presented. In visions - waded over three rapid September 1775, Gen. Arnold, rivers — marched through snow, then one of the most enterprising and ice barefoot —passed over the of America's sons (but afterwards S: Lawrence, where it was guard
quantum mutatus abillo Hecto- ed by the enemy's frigates, and are re !') was invested with the com- now about twenty four miles from mand of 1100 volunteers, des- the city to recruit our worn out tined to join Montgomery at Que- natures. Gen. Montgomery inbec by way ofthe Kennebec river. tends to join us immediately, so The country was then an unex- that we have a winter's campaign plored wilderness, and they were before
us, but I trust we shall obliged to transport their provis- have the glory of taking Queions and minitions for the whole bec !! distance, where they did not fol- That hope unhappily was not low the river, without the aid of realized. The attack upon that animals. Even when ascending city failed, and Capt. Ward, with the river, the volunteers were the principal part of his company, compelled to drag the boats over having penetrated under the comthe waterfalls and portages, and mand of". Arnold, through the after leaving the river the provis. first barrier, was surrounded ions and munitions packed in by a superior force and comsmall kegs, were placed on the pelled to surrender. While backs of the soldiers and carried in captivity he received the folmore than 300 miles, through lowing letter from his father, thick and pathless woods, and which, from the excellence of its
sentiments, and as fully illustra- and all his officers and men. ting the principles of the leading Though prisoners they have acpatriots of that time, we insert at quired immortal honor. Proper length.
attention will be paid to them. In Philadelphia, Jan. 21st. 1776.
the mean time behave, my dear My Dear Son ;-I most de- son, with great circumspection, voutly thank God, that you are prudence and firmness. Enter into alive, in good health, and have
no engagements inconsistent with behaved well. You have now a
your duty to your country. Such new scene of action to behave as you may make, keep in violate well as
a prisoner. You have with the strictest honor. Bebeen taught from your infancy sides endeavoring to make yourthe love of God, of all mankind, self as easy and happy as possiand of your country : in a due ble in your present situation, you discharge of these various duties will pay the greatest attention, as of life, consist true honor, reli- far as your little power may adgion and virtue. I hope no sitmit, to the comfort and welfare of uation or trial, however severe, all your fellow prisoners, and of will tempt you to violate these those lately under your immedisound, these immutable laws of ate command, especially. God and nature. You will now We have a great number of have time for reflection. Improve prisoners in our possession, who it well, examine your own heart. are treated with the greatest huEradicate, as much as human manity and kindness, and with frailty admits, the seeds of vice pleasure I hear that Col. Arnold's and folly. Correct your temper. detachment is treated in the same Expand the benevolent feelings humane manner. The mischiefs of your soul, and impress and es- of war are sufficiently great untablish the noble principles of der the most civilized regulations. private and public virtue so deep- What a savage he must be, who ly in it, that your whole life may would heighten them by unnecesbe directed by them. Next to sary severity and rigor. I hope that these great and essential duties, humanity to the unfortunate will improve your mind by the best au- be the distinguishing characteristhors you can borrow. Learn tic of the successful on either side the French language, and be con- of this unhappy contest. Write to tinually acquiring, as far as your me often, and may infinite wisdom situation admits, every useful ac- and goodness preserve and proscomplishment. Shun every spe- per my dear son. cies of debauchery and vice, as Your very affectionate father, certain and inevitable ruin here
SAM'L. WARD. and hereafter. There is one vice, The son and his excellent guide which, though often to be met and adviser never met again in with in polite company, I cannot this life the latter dying of the but consider as unworthy of the small pox at Philadelphia, while gentleman as well as the Chris- attending Congress on the 25th of tian, I mean swearing. Avoid it March following, and before the at all times.
declaration of that independence All ranks of people here have for which he had so earnestly lathe highest sense of the great bored. bravery and merit of Col. Arnold, Capt. Ward was exchanged in 1776, and on the first of January, among the first to display the 1777, was commissioned as Ma- republican flag' in the China seas. jor in Col. Christopher Green's Upon his return to the United regiment of the Rhode Island line States, he established himself at - a worthy compeer of his broth- New York as a merchant, and er, Gen. Green. Scrpiados duo by his probity, frugality and infulmina belli.
dustry, became successful in his In that capacity, he was pres- busines“. In the course of his ent and co-operated in the gal- mercantile career he visited Eulant defence of the fort at Red rope, and was at Paris when Bank, when it was unsuccessfully Louis XVI was beheaded. AF assailed by the Hessians under ter his return from Europe, Col. : Count Donop, October 22, 1777. Ward established himself on a
The next year he was detach- farm at East Greenwich, R. I. ed for the defence of his native where he lived to see his children State under the coinmand of educated to usefulness and estabGenerals Green, Lafayette and lish themselves in the business of Sullivan. In the celebrated re- active life. In 1817, with a view of treat from Rhode Island, he com- being nearer his children, several manded a regiment, and on the of whom had embarked in busi. 12th of April, 1779, he was com- ness at New York, he removed missioned Lient. Col. of the 1st from his native State to Jamaica, Rhode Island Regt. During that on Long Island. Here and in and the following year he was in the city of New York, he residWashington's army, in New Jer- ed in the midst of his family and sey, and participated in the toil friends, by whom he was admired and glory of that service. At the and beloved for his manifold virtermination of the war, Col. Ward lues, until the termination of his returned to the peaceful pursuits long and useful career. Wheu of a citizen, with the same alac- death approached, it found him rity that he had manifested, when ready. A life nobly spent in his country's voice had called the discharge of every public and him to arms. He now commenc- private duty, had prepared him ed business as a merchant, and to relinquish his Maker's gift manifested as much enterprise in without murmuring, and he dehis new profession as he had in scended to the grave, his previous career. In the spring •Like one who wraps the drapery of his of 1783, he made a voyage from
couch Providence to Canton, and was
About him, and lies down to pleasant