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To the Printer



The following is an address from the inhabitants upon Lake Champlain , to the worthy Colonel Arnold, of New-Haven, who, in April last, on the first alarm of the ravage and bloodshed committed by the Ministerial Troops at Lexington, &c˙, marched, with his company of Cadets, from New-Haven to the assistance of his bleeding countrymen.

On his march he concerted a plan for the reduction of the very important fortresses Ticonderoga and Crown Point, which he first communicated, to a member of the Committee of Correspondence for Connecticut, afterwards by letter to the Governour of Connecticut, and immediately after his arrival at Cambridge to the Provincial Congress and Committee of Safety. They approving his plan, and confiding in his judgment and fidelity, commissioned him to reduce the same, which, by his vigilance and prudence, he soon effected: and having also taken possession of the King' s sloop and batteaus, which were at St˙ John' s, secured the protection of all our frontiers in that quarter, and obtained the command, without the loss of one man, of an extent of country one hundred and sixty miles in length, which, in the last war, cost the British Nation two millions of money and two campaigns, under the command of some of the best English Generals, in which many thousand brave herpes, fell. While we regret, and sensibly feel the loss of a Warren, and many other worthy men, in the present conflict, we have reason to rejoice that so many others, and among them an Arnold, are preserved to us, who are equally ready to risk their lives in defence of the rights and liberties of their country.

It appears that envy or self-interested views has created Colonel Arnold some enemies, Who have, in his absence, artfully endeavoured to misrepresent his conduct, and give a blamable aspect to actions which, when fairly examined, will be found to merit the highest approbation of


his constituents and the publick, whose judgment, with respect to the reports to his prejudice, it is hoped will be suspended, till he can have an opportunity to vindicate his character.

A˙ B.