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[Thanks to Sarah Sully for transcribing this chapter]

to take no notice of such a small matter.   He was of such importance that Gen. George Washington wrote him a long letter showing him what a misfortune it would be to the army if he should resign, the example would be bad, and then reminded him of the excellent service he had already given to the country, etc., and in due time he abandoned his purpose and accepted the appointment of Lieutenant General of the army, and was foremost in the action at Dorchester Heights and other places in the early struggle, and afterwards was sent to Canada in command of the American forces, but the expedition proved disastrous, as history informs us, and while awaiting for reinforcements, he died of small pox in that country, although he had been a physician, practicing in Kingston."


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