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considerable, were still less than might have been apprehended. It affords no small room both for satisfačtion and hope, that no diminution of national glory has taken place through any failure of native valour in our Seamen and Soldiers: they have supported in all cases, and under whatever circumstances of disadvantage, their antient charaćter.

With the importance and variety of the work, our labour has increased; and every year of this period, so full of trouble both abroad and at home, has produced so much matter, that the business of one has run in upon the other: the Reader will thus account for the delay which has annually increased. Perhaps we ought rather to apologize for bringing out the matter so crudely, as we are obliged to do, to keep tolerably within time, than for a delay rendered necessary by the magnitude of our task. Happy shall we deem the hour, when, recurring from the horrors of war to the pleasant ways of peace, we shall have the pleasure of announcing to the Public the glad tidings of returning tranquillity.

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in consequence of what is understood by a previous leave of absence, he resigned the command of the fleet into the hands of Admiral Gambier, and returned to England. Sir Henry Clinton, who had embarked with 4,coo men for the relief of Rhode Island, had two other material objects in view, in one or both of which he might probably have succeeded, if he had not been detained by contra winds a few hours beyond his time, or that Sullivan had not been attentive to the danger to which he was exposed, when he found himself finally abandoned by the French fleet, and in consequence deserted by the New England volunteers, who composed the better part of his force. One of these was to cut off Sullivan's retreat to the continent; and the other, which might have been either adopted as principal, or pursued as a secondary object, was to attack the Americans in their head quarters and principal place of arms at Providence ; the destruction or effe&tual dismantling of which, would have removed an eye-sore, and conttant source of apprehension, at least, from the immediate vicinity of Rhode Island. Sullivan's timely retreat having frustrated these designs, Sir Henry Clinton, on his return to New York, dispatched Major General Grey, with the fleet of transports and troops, under the convoy of Captain Fanshawe, of the Carysfort frigate, upon an expedition to the eastward. The first object of this expedition was to exterminate some nests of small privateers, which abounded in the rivers and creeks adjoining to Buz

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