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strength and consistency which is necessary to give it. humanly speaking, the command of its own fortunes

Though, in reviewing the incidents of my administration, I am unconscious of intentional error, I an, nevertheless, too sensible of my defects not to think it probable that I may have committed many errors. Whatever they may be, I fervently beseech the Almighty to avert or mitigate the evils to which they may tend. I shall also carry with me the hope that my country will never cease to view them with indulgence, and that, after forty-five years of my life dedicated to its service with an upright zeal, the faults of incompetent abilities will be consigned to oblivion, as myself must soon be to the mansions of rest.

Relying on its kindness in this, as in other things, and actuated by that fervent love toward it which is so natural to a man who views in it the native soil of himself and his progenitors for several generations I anticipate, with pleasing expectation, that retreat in which I promise myself to realize, without alloy, the sweet enjoyment of partaking, in the midst of my fellow-citizens, the benign influence of good laws under a free government-the ever favorite object of my heart—and the happy reward, as I trust, of our mutual cares, labors, and dangers.

GEORGE WASHINGTON.

UNITED STATES, 17th September. 1796.

THE FIRST PRAYER IN CONGRESS,

BY THE REV. DAVID DUCHE, D.D.
Rector of Christ Church, Philadelphia.

O LORD, our Heavenly Father, high and mighty King of kings and LORD of lords, who dost from Thy throne behold all the dwellers of the earth, and reignest with power supreme and uncontrollable over the kingdoms, empires, and governments, look down in mercy, we beseech Thee, on these American States, who have fled to Thee from the rod of the oppressor and thrown themselves on Thy gracious protection. Desiring to be henceforth only dependent on Thee, to Thee have they appealed for the righteousness of their cause to Thee do they now look up for that countenance and support which Thou alone canst give. Take them, therefore, Heavenly Father, under Thy nurturing care: give them wisdom in council and valor in the field. Defeat the malicious designs of our adversaries, convince them of the unrighteousness of their cause; and, if they still persist in their sanguinary purpose, O! let the voice of Thy unerring justice, sounding in their hearts, constrain them to drop the weapons of war in their unnerved hands in the day of battle. Be Thou present, O GOD of wisdom, and direct the councils of this honorable assembly; enable them to settle things on the best and surest foundation, that the scene of blood may be speedily closed; that order, harmony, and peace may be restored, and truth and justice, religion and piety prevail and flourish among the people. Prescrve the health of their bodies and the vigor of their minds; shower down on them and the millions they represent, such temporal blessings as Thou seest expedient for them in this world, and crown them with everlasting glory in the world to come. All this we ask in the name and through the merits of JESUS CHRIST, Thy Son, our Saviour. Amen.-Thatcher's Military Journal, Dec., 1777.

BATTLES OF THE REVOLUTION.*

NAMES AND PLACES
OF BATTLES.

DATE.

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Ticonderoga.

Bunker Hill..

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Ap'l 19, 1775 Lexington, Concord...
May 10,
June 17,
Dec. 6-31" Quebec....
Dec. 9, Norfolk, Va..
M'ch 17, 1776 Boston
June 28, "
Aug. 26, "
Sept. 16, "
Oct. 28, 66
Nov. 16, "
Dec. 26, "

Charleston, (Ft. Moult.)|
Brooklyn, L. I..

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Gens. Greene & Sullivan.
Harlem Plains, N. Y... Washington..
White Plains, N. Y.... Washington......
Fort Washington, N.Y. Col. Magaw..
Trenton, N. J.
Jan. 8, 1777 Princeton, N. J..
July 7, Hubbardton, Vt.......
Fort Schuyler, N. Y..
Bennington, Vt..

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Aug. 6,
Aug.15, 16"
Bept. 11, 44
Sept. 19, "
Oct. 4,
Oct. 4-6, "
Oct. 7.
Oct. 22,

44

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COMMANDERS.

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AMERICAN.

Col. Barret & Majer
Buttrick.

Col. Ethan Allen &
Col. Eaton

Capt. Delaplace...

Gens. Warren, Pres-Gens. Howe & Pigot*..
cott, and Putnam. (
J Schuyler, Montgom

M'Lean and Carleton..
ery, and Arnold... Ì
Col. Woodford.
Lord Dunmore...
The British evacuate the City and Harbor.
Moultrie, Lee. and Gen. Clinton.....
Armstrong.

BRITISH.

Col. Smith & Lord
Percy.

James Clinton......

Stillwater, (Saratoga).. Gates............
Fort Mercer, N. J..... Col. Greene"...

Gens. Howe, Cin
ton & Cornwallis*.

2

Lord Cornwallis &
Washington..
1 Col. Rah!.
Washington.
Col. Mawhood,..
Warner, Francis.& Hale. Gen. Frazer.
Gen. Herkimer and

Col. Gansevoort.*. } Gen. St. Leger..

Gens, Stark & Warner. Cols. Baum & Beyman.
Brandywine, Pa. Washington...
Bemis Heights, N. Y. Gates......

Germantown, Pa...... Washington........
Forts Clinton and
Montgomery

Howe*

Gen. Howe*.

Howe*..

Burgoyne
Howe*.

Sir H. Clinton...

Donop

Burgoyne........

...

AMERICAN.

....

Engag. Losa. Engag

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Indicates the 1 Successful party.

88

5 p.
3,000 450 k. & w.
900 160 k. & w.
1 w.

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600 8,000

50 k. 34 w. 1,700

48

4,500

1,200 20 k. &w.

62 k. & w.

1.600 300 k. & w.
8,000 100 k. & w.
2,400 2 k. 2 froz.
8,000 100k. 300p.
700 324 k. & w.
150 k. & w.

BRITISH.

2,000 200 k. & w.
800 k. 600
11,000
w. 400 p.
2,500
11,000 152k.521w.
400 p.

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400 10 k. 22 w. 4,000 223 k. &w.

10,000

2,000 k. w.
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p.

20,000

Losa.

65 k. 180w.

28p.

48 p.

1,050

400 k.

1S k. 90 w.
2.000 300 k. & w.
5,000 1.000k.&w.
1.000 86k.1000 p.
1,800

1,200 183 k. & w.

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Washington,
Schoharie, N. Y....... Col. Brown..
Wyoming, Pa........ Col. Z. Butler..
Quaker Hill, R. I.. Sullivan.
Dec. 29, "
Savannah, Ga...... Robert Howe..
Jan. 9, 1779 Sunbury, Ga....... Lane.
M'ch 3, Brier Creek, Ga.. Gen. Ashe....
June 20, " Stony Ferry, S. Ca...
July 16, "
Stony Point, N. Y.
Aug. 13, "
Penobscot, Me...
Aug. 29, " Chemung, N. Y.....
Oct. 9,
Savannah, Ga
May 12, 1780 Charleston, S. Ca...
May 29, Waxhaw, S. C.
June 23,"
July 30,
Aug. 7,

46

66

66

46

Aug. 15,

66

Aug. 18,
Oct. 7,
Nov. 12, "
Nov. 20, "
Jan. 17, 1781
Feb. 25,
M'ch 15, "
Apl 25,"
M'y-J'ne,
June 1-4,

Sept. 6,

Sept. 8,

Oct.16-19," Yorktown, Va

July 2,
July 3,
Aug. 29, "

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12,000 67k. 160w.

14 k. 10 w.

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100 k. &w.

800 k. 800 w. 100 p.

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THE NAVY OF THE REVOLUTION.

In December, 1775, Congress passed an Act ordering the building of thirteen vessels, three of 24 guns, five of 28, five of 32, with Ezekiel Hopkins as Commander-in-Chief, as follows:

NAME. No. of guns.

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History.

Captured by the British in
1777.
Destroyed in the Hudson
River to avoid capture
in 1777, never having
been to sea.

Do
do
do.
Captured in the Delaware
River 1777.

Blown up in action with
the British ship Yar-
mouth, 64 guns, in 1778.
Destroyed in the Delaware
by the British, before
getting to sea in 1778.
Do
do
do.
Captured by the British in
1778.

Captured by the British in 1778, off the capes of the Delaware, before getting to sea.

Burned in the Penobscot River in 1779, to prevent falling into the enemy's hands.

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