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Extract of a letter received in London: General Howe will not give the Provincials time to breathe, but push his successes like a winning gamester



As the General' s letter will doubtless be made publick at full length, I shall not trouble you with any account of the action, but only with my opinion of things at present, which indeed wear a very favourable aspect. I must inform you then, that half the number the Provincials were would have put them to the rout. I was with the Light Infantry, and therefore can give a tolerable account of their behaviour. Many of them fired their pieces and run, and numberless others, I believe, never saw which way they did fire, for when they discharged, both eyes were shut. Could we have trusted our spies' accounts, a terrible slaughter might have been made; but the General appears throughout his whole conduct to have been very wary, and perhaps to that wariness we owe our present conquest. By the prisoners and some deserters, we learn that there are near four thousand now sick in New-York, and the people of that city heartily tired of the war. The inhabitants of Long-Island and the Provinces of Jersey, are indeed a good sort of people, and appear to be very industrious, and I am apt to believe have no great stomach to the present war. An attack is certainly intended against New-York, and the east end, the place thought the weakest and least defensible. I suppose the General will not give them time to breathe, but push his successes like a winning gamester. I saw poor Captain Logan interred, who commanded in the Marines: he was a brave man and a good officer—;the corps will miss him. The troops we left behind on Staten Isle have been reinforced, in case any attempt should be made from the Jerseys. Provisions are plenty, except fresh meat, which, however, we have now and then, as often as it can possibly be procured for us. We are a noble fleet and army, able to attack almost any thing, and have very few sick.