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sented to General Campbell as soon as he arrived. The poor Captain, thunder-struck with this denunciation, lost his importance in a moment. The men were embarked; the stern of the boat was given to the General; and, after they had gone on board, the best cabin, and the most comfortable things which the vessel could afiord.
“The General's arm was now benumbed, rather than painful. The vessel was soon under weigh; and a cold northern wind drove her with such violence, as seriously to incommode General W., and his fellow sufferers.
"I will now return to the ladies, who were left behind in their desolated house. Not a window in this habitation escaped the destruction. The doors were broken down; and two of the rooms were set on fire. The floors were drenched with blood; and on one of them lay a brave old soldier, (through whose arm, near the shoulder joint, had been driven the whole charge of a musket; consisting of a wad, powder, and ball,) begging for death, that lic might be relieved from his misery. To add to the sufferings of these unfortunate ladies, a number of the neighboring inhabitants, having heard of the disaster, flocked in, and filled the house. Here they did nothing but gaze about with an idle curiosity, or make useless, numerous, and very troublesome, inquiries. Scarcely any thing could be more wearisome, or more provoking. At length the ladies assumed resolution enough to reprove them with some severity; and thus restored them from the stupor, produced by these novel and disastrous events, to thought, feeling, and exertion. As soon as they had fairly recovered themselves, they very cordially, and kindly united their efforts to render the best offices in their power. The next morning they repaired the doors and windows; cleansed the floors; dressed the wounded man in the best manner in their power; and plac
ed the family in as comfortable circumstances, as the case would admit.
* You will easily believe, that the solicitude of both General Wadsworth and the ladies, particularly of Mrs. Wadsworth, was extreme. What an affectionate wife must feel for a husband, situated as he was, nothing but the experience of such a wife, in such circumstances, could enable even the female heart to realize. To all his other distresses was added, in the mind of the General, the most excruciating anxiety concerning his little son; a boy of five years old. This child, and a sister younger than himself, slept with a maid in the bed-room; directly in the range of the enemy's first discharge into the kitchen. As the General was leaving the door, after he had been made a prisoner, the maid came to it with the younger child; but he could not recollect that he had seen his son, after the onset. This, he thought, could scarcely have happened, unless the child had been killed.
1 - Near the close of the day the privateer approached the place of her destination. The signal of success was made; the capture of General Wadsworth announced; and the shore thronged with spectators, to see the man who, through the preceding year, had disappointed all the designs of the British in this quarter. They were composed of Britons, and American refugees, of every class. David has often deprecated in the most pathetic manner the triumph of his enemies. General Wadsworth was now furnished with an opportunity of realising the import of the language, and entering deeply into the feelings of the Psalmist.
• The General left the privateer amid loud shouts of the rabble, which covered the shore; and was conducted to the house of a very respectable refugee, until a report concerning the success of the expedition should be made to Gen
eral Campbell, the commandant of the post, and his orders should be received.
“A guard soon came, with orders to bring the prisoner to the guard-room, within the fort, which was about half a mile from the landing. A guard, even of an enemy, was to him a very desirable accompaniment at the present time; for among
those who were around him, there were many persons, from whom, in these circumstances, he had nothing to expect but abuse. When he arrived at the fort, he was conducted into the officers' guard-room, and was treated with politeness. Soon after, General Campbell sent a messenger to General Wadsworth with his compliments; informing him that his situation should be made as comfortable as it could be; and that a surgeon should attend him immediately, to dress his wound. The surgeon soon came, and upon examination found the joint of the elbow uninjured, and pronounced the wound to be free from danger, if the artery was unhurt. This, he said, could not be determined, until a suppuration had taken place. After the wound had been dressed, and supper served, General Wadsworth retired to rest. In the morning the Commandant sent an invitation to him to breakfast with him; and at table
; paid him very handsome compliments on the defence which he had made, observing, however, that he had exposed himself in a degree not perfectly justifiable. His guest replied, that from the manner of the attack, he had no reason to suspect any design of taking him alive; and that he intended, therefore, to sell his life as dearly as possible. “These things,” said General Campbell, “ are very natural to gentlemen of our profession. But, Sir, I understand that the Captain of the privateer treated you very ill. I shall see that matter set right.” He then informed his guest, that a room in the officers' barracks, within the fort, was prepared for him; and that he should send his orderly
sergeant daily, to attend him to breakfast and dinner, at his table; where a seat would always be reserved for him, whenever he chose to accept of it. This polite proffer was followed by other observations of the same general nature; after which General Wadsworth withdrew to his quarters.
"He was now alone. He was a prisoner. The ardor of enterprise was over. He had no object to engage his attention; no plan to pursue; no motive to excite an effort, or even to rouse a vigorous thought. The calm, sluggish course, became absolutely dead, when contrasted by his mind with the storm of war, which had just passed over. General Campbell, probably foreseeing that such must be his prisoner's situation, sent him in the course of the forenoon several books of amusement; and then, calling upon him in person, endeavored by cheerful conversation to make the time pass agreeably.
Not long after, the officers of the party came in to inquire concerning his situation; and, while they were present, appeared the redoubtable Captain of the privateer. He told General Wadsworth, that he called to ask pardon for what had fallen from him, when in a passion; that it
l was not in his nature to treat a gentleman prisoner ill; that the unexpected disappointment of his cruise had thrown him off his guard; and that he hoped that this would be deemed a sufficient apology. General Wadsworth accepted it; and his visitors withdrew. Neither books, nor company, however, could prevent the forenoon from being tedious and long. “Remembrance," in spite of amusement, would " wake with all her busy train.” Anticipation, sometimes her very restless and intrusive companion, would present melancholy pictures; and whisper prophecies of suffering and sorrow. About four o'clock, P. M., the orderly sergeant, presenting the compliments of the Commandant, summoned General Wadsworth to dinner. He
accepted the invitation, notwithstanding his sufferings; and, particularly, as he had a wish to see the guests. They were numerous; and consisted of all the principal officers of the garrison. Their conversation was evidently guarded, but delicate; and particularly polite to the stranger. His arm, however, began to be painful; and having satisfied his curiosity, he respectfully withdrew.
* The first object, which now seriously engaged his attention, was to obtain some knowledge concerning the situation of his wife and family, and to communicate his own to them. For this purpose he wrote, the next morning, a billet to the Commandant; requesting, that a flag of truce might be sent to a militia officer in Camden; a town on the south-western skirt of Penobscot bay, not far distant from Bagaduce; with a letter to the Governor of Massachusetts, and another to Mrs. Wadsworth. The request was immediately granted, on the condition, that the letter to the Governor should be inspected. To this General Wadsworth made no objection. The letter contained nothing, but an account of his own situation, a request, that an exchange might be speedily effected in his favor; and an exhibition of the obliging manner in which he had been treated, since he had been made a prisoner. The letter was perfectly acceptable to the British commander.
• The flag was given to Lieutenant Stockton; the officer by whom General Wadsworth had been taken prisoner. As soon as the weather permitted, he set out for Camden in a boat; and within a fortnight from the disastrous night mentioned above, returned with a letter from Mrs. Wadsworth. This letter to his great joy informed him, that his wife and family were in more comfortable circumstances than he had been prepared to imagine, and particularly, that his son was alive. The child had slept through the