Address of the Officers and Soldiers of the second Brigade, stationed in and near New-York, to General Washington

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To His Excellency GEORGE WASHINGTON, Esq˙, Commander-in-Chief of the Forces in the service of the UNITED COLONIES:

The most respectful Address of the Officers and Soldiers of the several Regiments in the Second Brigade, stationed in and near the City of NEW-YORK:

MAY IT PLEASE YOUR EXCELLENCY: When the duty of your station impelled you to vindicate the rights of humanity, which you charitably conceived could not be entirely extinguished, even in that detestable parricide who had directed the hands of those assassins, by whom our brethren, their own brethren, were wantonly massacred at Lexington, we felt with your Excellency the struggle you must have undergone. The necessity of thus exhibiting to the view of mankind the crimes of British chiefs was exquisitely painful to us, for we still were Britons, and most sincerely wished for a reconciliation to take place, remote as it appeared.

The early established fame of Britons for generosity made us believe that the horrors we beheld were but the crimes of individuals; and we fondly hoped that a people who had the same origin, and for whom we entertained a kind of superstitious reverence, never would be suddenly transformed into monsters. Such were the illusions we cherished with singular complacency, even at the time that the British General, sporting with virtue, and the national character of Britons, which his enormities were loading with infamy, boasted to your Excellency, in language of triumph, that "Britons, ever pre-eminent in mercy, have out-gone common examples, and overlooked the criminal in the captive."

We mourn, the national prejudices we have imbibed will ever make us mourn, that those men have, as a nation, far "out-gone," in the Northern and Southern Colonies, such examples as have been given frequently by the most wicked States; and the execrable conspiracy, wherein the murderer and the incendiary were engaged to destroy your Excellency and the whole Army, of which Providence has led you to obtain a seasonable discovery, inspires us with an inveterate

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abhorrence of the measures of that people, from whom we never wished to be separated, until the multiplied injuries of our parent State compelled us to seek refuge in a separate Government.

We are, fortunately, exempt, as yet, from those refinements which, in nations corrupted by luxury, expel a just sense of true honour, and give birth to a disagreeable circulation of the foul incense of adulation. Sensible that it does not become us, the humble companions of your military toils, to praise the abilities of our Commander, yet we obey with pleasure the strong impulse of duty and affection which now urge us to engage to live or die by you, whom our common enemies have marked out as one of the principal obstacles which retard their progress towards despotism, an acknowledgment than which none can more incontrovertibly prove the just sense they have of your virtue and military abilities.

We assure your Excellency of our firm attachment to the rights of our country, and the person of our General, and our abhorrence and detestation of those methods to subvert the one and destroy the other, to which the villany of our enemies have descended, which would disgrace the annals of the most barbarous nations. The wisdom and justice of your Excellency' s government induces us to place the highest confidence in your measures to bring to condign punishment the authors of this horrid combination, and restore the peace of our country on a permanent basis; for which purpose, nothing in our stations proper to be done shall be omitted which your Excellency may see fit to order.

By desire, and in behalf of the several Regiments in the Second Brigade,

SAMUEL H˙ PARSONS,
JED˙ HUNTINGTON,
J˙ WARD,
JOEL CLARK,
JOHN TYLER,
JOHN DURKEE,
SAMUEL PRENTICE,
THOMAS KNOWLTON,
SAMUEL WYLLYS,
LEVI WELLS.

Camp in New-York, June 29, 1776.