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94                      the irishman's appeal.
imously agreed that no difference in opinion should disturb the pub-lie tranquillity, but that they would live in all brotherly love with each other, and they named the first founded spot, and town, Can-cord. Is it not whimsical, that upon this spot they should first draw blood, and gallantly contend for the rights and liberties of America?
2 They did not know how. The following brief account of the af­fairs at Lexington and Concord, is taken from a letter dated Boston, April 19, 1775. "Last night, at about eleven o'clook, one thousand of the best troops, in a very secret manner, rowed up the Cambridge Kiver, and landed. From whence they marched to Lexington, where they saw a number of men exercising. They ordered them to disperse, and immediately fired on them; killed eight men on the spot, and then marched to Concord. This alarmed the country so, that it seemed as if men came down from the clouds. This news coming to town, General Gage sent out another thousand men, with a large train of artillery. In the mean time, those troops at Con­cord had set fire to the court-house. There an engagement ensued, and the King's troops retreated very fast, until they were reinforced with the troops the General had sent: bat they did not stand long before the whole body gave way; retreating, and our men keeping up at their heels, loading and firing, until they got to Charlestown, when our people thought it not prudent to come any further, fearing the ships in the harbor would be ordered to fire on Boston and Charlestown. Our men behaved gallantly." One poor fellow, who had received a wound in his breast, in following up the retreat, was offered assistance by a brother soldier, when he remarked, "I am beyond your assistance — pursue the enemy ! " — and with these words on his lips, fell back and died.—Virginia Gazelle.






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