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Title:  A letter to George Washington: on the subject of the late treaty concluded between Great-Britain and the United States of America, including other matters. By Thomas Paine, ...
Author: Paine, Thomas, 1737-1809.
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No wonder we see so much pusillanimity in the president, when we see so little enterprise in the general!The campaign of 1777 be ame famous, not by any thing on the part of General Washington, but by the capture of General Burgoyne and the army under his command, by the northern army at Saratoga, under General Gates. So totally distinct and unconnected were the two armies of Washington and Gates, and so independent was the latter of the authority of the nominal commander in chief, that the two generals did not so much as correspond, and it was only by a letter of General (since Governor) Clinton, th General Washington was informed of that event. The Bsh took possession of Philadelphia this year, which they evaated the next, just time enough to save their heavy baggage and sleet of trans∣ports from capture by the ench admiral D'Estaign, who arrived at the mouth of the Delaware soon after.The capture of Burgoyne gave an lat in Europe to the American arms, and facilitated the alliance with France. The eclat, however, was not kept up by any thing on the part of General Washington. The same unfortunate languor that marked his entrance into the fiel, continued always. Dis∣content began to prevail strongly against him, and a party was formed in Congress, whilst sitting at York Town in Pen∣lvania, for removing him from the command of the army. The hope however of better times, the news of the alliance with France, and the unwillingness of showing discontent, dissipated the matter.Nothing was done in the campaign of 1778, 1779, 1780, in the part where genera Washington commanded, except the taking Stony-Point by general Wayne. The southern states in the mean time were overrun by the enemy. They were afterwards recovered by general Greene, who had in a very great measure created the army that accomplished that recovery. In all this general Washington had no share. The Fabian system of war, followed by him, began now to un∣told itself with all its evils; for what is Fabian war without Fabian means to support it? The finances of Congress, de∣pending wholly on emissions of paper-money, were exhausted. Its credit was gone. The continental treasury was not able to pay the expence of a brigade of waggons to transport the necessary stores to the army, and yet the sole object, the esta∣blishment of the revolution, was a thing of remote distance. The time I am now speaking of is in the latter end of the year 1780.In this situation of things it was found not only exi∣ent, but absolutely necessary, for Congress to the whole