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314                                   THE COW CHACE.
His horse that carried all his prog,
His military speeches; His corn-stock whiskey for his grog,
Blue stockings and brown breeches.
And now I've clos'd my epic strain,
I tremble as I show it, Lest this same warrior-drover, Wayne,
Should ever catch the poet.
1  John Andre. The history of this young officer is well known All that we know of his literary efforts, is given in the follow­ing advertisement, which appeared in Rivington's Gazette a short time after he was executed. " Monody on Major Andre, by his friend and correspondent, Miss Seward ; with three letters, writ­ten by him, at eighteen years of age, to a most accomplished young lady, the object of his tenderest affection ; also a lew copies of the three cantos of the Cow Chace, which makes the collection complete respecting the literary productions of this ever-valued and universal­ly beloved young gentleman."
2  Cow Chace. Three or four miles below Fort Lee, at the base of the Palisades, on Hudson Uiver, is a little village called Bull's Ferry. Just below this village, was a block-house, occupied in the summer of 1780, by a British picket, for the protection of some wood-cutters, and the neighboring Tories. On Bergen Neck, be­low, was a large number of cattle and horses, within reach of the British foragers, who might go out from the f.-rt at Paulus Hook. Washington then sent General Wayne, with some Pennsylvania and Maryland troops, to storm the work on Blockhouse Point, and to drive the cattle within the American lines. Wayne sent the caval­ry, under Major Lee, to perform the latter duty, while he and three.






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