February 6, 1778.
With the lateft ADVICES, Foreign and Domestic.
SEMPER PRO LIBERT ATE, ET BONO PUBLICO.
WORCESTER, December 19.
WE learn t! at Lieut. Gen. Burgoyne was fo confi
dent of having liberty to embark with hia troop
at Newport, Rhode Ifland, that the tranfports
for the reception of hin and his army had actu
ally arrived there; but we are told it is no ways
likely that he wi!! be permitted to take his departure from that
port, nottvirhftandiag it might be " m conformity to" his 44 or
ders to proceed by the mnft vigourtus exertions.''
LANCASTER, December 31.
s-k M Phr-nas dav a brigade of militia marched down v ith
J in maikct ihot of the enemy's lines near Philadelphia, a-.d
t. King pott between Third and Fourth Arrets, alarmed them
b feadang c: rht twelve pound bails among them. The enemy
bca: to anas and hred ti.cir artillery, bat happily did no da
niue, although the (hot raked both on the right and left of our
people. The nuiitia brought of! one priibner and feveral hor
ks. By a letter from Naiitz, of the 10th of Oaober, we learn
that the brig Lexington ci 16 guns, commanded by Captain
Johnlion. w . t.iken alter a very fevcre engagement, in which
the Car ia and all the other officers were killed, except one,
who toll his leg.
By General Howe's proclamation, of the 10th of December,
we hn J that he has appointed Jofeph Galloway to be iuperin-tenu-.u
General j his authority to extend through the country
lying between the rivers Delaware and Schuylkiil, as far as the
tha n of redoubts which begin at or near Kenfington, and reach
acre! the outkirts of the city to the upper ferry.
Jaw. 7. We can allure the public, fr m the heft authority,
that by the aHiduity and ir.djiiry of M-iT. Otis and Andrew,
of Button, agents for the porchafe of docking for the continent
al troops, upwards of five thouiand fuits, with Owe , flocking?,
ihirts, 6cc. have been procured, and are no v on their way to
camp. This, with the lupplies waich nre expected from V lr
ginia and other quarters, gives u the pleading proiped o: fee
ing cur whole army completely clothed very loon. A very ncn
prize was lately taken by a continental brig, and carried in o
Bolton. She is a large Ihip from GlaiVovv, loaded with dry
goods, (hoes, docking, ticks, and a -r-a: variety of other ne
ceffary and uleful article. A brig nas alio arrived there from
Holland, rLhly loaded with medicines, tea, lir.neas, &c. Sec.
The Bo.lon papers ailb mention the faie arrival of feveial ether
prizes of lel value ; but, as th- eld laying is, every little helps.
O ihc other 318 of December latt a molt valuable prize
f-H in:o tnc nandi of a body of continental troops Itationcd at
Wilmington, or. the river Delaware, conm-anded by Gene al
Smailwood. A large brig frcm New-Yv k, beund to Philadel
phia, Wi.s blown alhore about feven miles below Wilmington,
when a d M meat, with two fie.'d pieces, were fent down K)
fire on her, and after a few Ihot lhe liruck. Her cargo is chief
ly xs iciiows; 350 chefts of arms, with 2. lhnd inea.h,
clothing tor four regiments, the baggage belonging to the offi
cers or tour regiments, a quantity of wine and Ipinu , one 04 -tain,
three fuaaltern,, and fort) privates, alfo about 40 officer
Itdies, .See. &c. Three other vefieis a-e laid to be drove aihore
on the Jerfey fide, and that the inhabitants are taking proper
care or their cargces.
YQ R K - T O W N, Jar. J.
Exfacl of a later from Holland, Augujl 2.
THE Prince oi V. a'deck has two fine regiments in the ier
viceofthisrepublick, whofe contract is near expiring.
The court of London knowing this,, pre fled ftror.gly
have them. He anfwered. that he had proofed a
to their High Mightiness, and demanded
mote favour! ble to nimfelf than thofe of the firft contracl that
if their High Mightineffes did not confent to them,
yield thofe regiment, to the King upon jWfJ
that he could not icfufe them to the republick, if he chole to
keeD them. Upon this Sir lofeph York took much pains with
the fecretary of their High Mightinefles,1 and with others, to
lead them to be willing to part with thofe troops ; but, thanks to
the city of Amfterdam, he has failed, and a refolution has juft
been taken by the principal of our provinces, viz. Holland, to
renew the contract upon the propofed terms, and to keep thofe
- " This conduft (hews a difpofition in the minds of people
here to be no longer-fo fubmiflive to the will of your haughty c
nemies, as they have formerly been."
Extraftof a letter from an officer at camp, Valley Forge, Dec. 27.
There have been brought into camp, within thefe three
days, 60 Britilhfoot, dragoons, and 30 waggons. Oor mi
litia now lies at Germantown. General Howe and his army
are Jving between Darby and Cheller, and Col. Morgan with
700 infantry lies on their lines. The greatell part of our army
are detached in parties down the river."
In CONGRESS, O&ober 14, 1777.
WHEREAS the Britifh nation have received i. to their
ports, and condemned in their courts of admiralty, as
lawful prize, feveral veflela and their cargoes belonging to thefe
ftates, which the matters and mariners, in breach of the truit
and confidence repofed in them, have betrayed and delivered to
the officers of the Britilh crown :
Refolded thereore, that every veffel or cargo the property of a
nV Britilh fubject, not an inhabitant of Bermuda or any of the
Bahama iilands, brought into any of the ports or harbours of a
ny of thefe United States, by the mailer or mariners, fhall be
adjudged lawful prize, and divided amon the captors, in the
fame proportion as if taken by a continental veffel of war.
Extract from the minutes,
CHARLES THOMSON, Sec'ry.
B U R L 1 N G T O N, December 24.
WE hear that on Fridy lad Lord Cornwallis, Gen. Clever
land, Sir George Olborne, and the Rev. Jacob Duche,
failed from Philade'phia for England.
The legifliture of New-Jerfey, at their laft fifting at Prince
town, appointed the Hon. John Witherfpoon, Abraham Clark,
Jonathan Elmer, Nathaniel Scudder, and Elias Boudinot, Ef
quires, delegates to reprefent this ftate in Congrefs.
A correfpondent U forms us, that Congrefs have recommend
ed a convention of commiffioners of all the ftates to forma plan
of general regulation respecting limiting the prices of fundry ar
ticles ol produce, manufaaures and trade.
BA L T 1 M ORE, Dec. 30, 1777.
Extracl cfa letter from an oficer in the army, dated Wilmington,
ON the 1 "7th ulr. we left the main army, under the com
mand or General Smallwood, in order to take up our win
ter qu Lrtew here. I expect Howe means to pay us a vifit a
he has removed out as far as Cheiier, and there has extended
his lines. , ... .
General Walh:ngton has moved down the Schuylkill, in or
der, lhuu'd Howe advance farther, he maybe in his rear. We
took feven of their light horfe the day before yefterday. C01O
nei Morgan is on rhe enemy's fiank, and has lately taken a
great ny of their light horfe and io'diers. A large number
their lhioping have taWen down ;heriver this day, with what
view is not known, but generally thought they intend for New-
On our march to this place our regiment was in the front, all
clothed in red. As we advanced near the town, we met a num
ber of tories, who, taking us for Englifti troops immediately
came up and enquired for General Howe, when they were im
mediately condufted to General Smallwood, and they, taking
him for Howe, faid, now wc are fafe. We took the hint, and
afked them if they faw any of the rebels about or near that p ace.
Ay, ay, we have feen too many of them, for they have not left