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DESCENT ON MIDDLESEX.                         361
Some time it was in dark November But just the day I can't remember; Full forty of us were confin'd In a small room both damp and blind,
Because there had been two or three, Who were not of our company, Who did attempt the other day, The Tories said, to get away.
In eighteen days we were exchang'd, And through the town allowed to range; Of twenty-five that were taken, But just nineteen reach'd home again.
Four days before December's gone, In seventeen hundred eighty-one, I hail'd the place where months before, The Tories took me from the shore.
1 Letter from Colonel Upham, Commandant at Lloyd's Neck, to Governor Franklin of New Jersey.
a The reverend Mather. Moses Mather, D. D., was the pastor of the church. He was taken prisoner in 1779 by a gang of loyalists, and carried to New York. At this time, the members of his con-
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