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ties for Burgoyne to affix his signature, he addressed a note to General Gates, purporting that he should recede from the treaty, on the ground that a part of the American force had been detached from the army during the negotiation; and with a bold effrontery, required, that he might be permitted to send two officers to the American camp to ascertain the fact. This dishonorable conduct raised the ire of General Gates, who sent Lieutenant-colonel Wilkinson to insist that hostilities would recommence if the treaty was not immediately ratified. This produced the desired effect."
2 And the men. The Continental Congress, in all their acts, were unanimously supported by the patriots.
3 To cut and turn, vp all the knaves in the pack. The Earl of Dartmouth asked an American in London, of how many members the Congress consisted ? To which the reply was " fifty-two." " Why, that is the number of cards in a pack," said his lordship, " pray how many knaves are there ? " " Not one," returned the republican, " please to recollect that knaves are court cards."