THE Public was much distressed at Major Andre's Death; and by that Distress, gave the highest Testimony of his Merit. The Inhabitants, within the British Lines, were equally affected with the Army; whilst their joint Indignation manifestly shewed the ge|neral Sense of the Injustice and Inhumanity with which that amiable and gallant Officer was treated by the Rebels. Those who were so much interested in his Behalf, are probably desirous of seeing his Case properly stated—this is done in the following Papers.
The Letters that were written during the Transactions which proved so fatal to Major Andre, will best elucidate his Views and Conduct. Those Letters, accordingly, are here produced, with other Papers subservient to the same Purpose. The several Events, as they rose, are also connected in a regular Series, and Facts are fairly repre|sented. Justice to Major Andre's Memory, required that these Mat|ters should be placed in a true Light; especially as the Account of his Case and Trial, lately published by the Rebels (which is very imper|fect and partial) evidently tends to tarnish his Character, as well as to justify, or at least to palliate, their barbarous Treatment of him. To relate Truth, is, in this as in many other Cases, the same as to refute Falsehood and Misrepresentation.
The Remarks that are subjoined, were naturally suggested by the several Facts; they throw Light upon the Subject, and the intelligent Reader will perceive that they and the Conclusions which accompany them, are fairly deducible from the Premisses alluded to in each In|stance.
NEW-YORK, Nov. 28, 1780.