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before them. We hope soon to hear of Maiden being taken and that
Harrison's 1 army will be at liberty to join Wilkinson's at
Michigan. A great military force will be called out in New York and
perhaps in Vermont, so that we are expecting that something will
yet be done towards the Conquest of Canada before the close of the
Campaign. Your dutiful son, Richard Cutts. Thomas Cutts, Esq.,
Saco. COL. EDMUND PHINNEY'S i8TH CONTINENTAL REGIMENT. ONE YEAR'S
SERVICE, COMMENCING JANUARY 1, 1776. BY NATHAN GOOLD. Bead before
the Maine Hittorical Society, April t4, 1S96. There is a history in
all men's lives. ? Shakespeare. As early as September, 1775, Gen.
Washington was much concerned at the prospect of the terms of
service of the men, then in the army, expiring in December, with no
provision made to fill their places with new regiments; and
September 20, he addressed a letter to Congress, calling attention
to this matter, and to the condition of the finances of the
colonies. October 18, authority was given to raise twenty-six
regiments of about eight hundred men, for one year, and October 28,
after the men then in the service had received their pay, an order
was issued recommending the soldiers, especially those who were to
continue another year, to purchase with their money onlyshirts,
shoes, stockings, and a good pair of leather breeches, as it was
intended the new army should be uniformed. Congress was to purchase
cloth, in the best market, hire tailors to make uniform coats and
waistcoats, which they were to furnish the soldiers cheaper than
clothing of the same quality could be bought elsewhere. November 4,
it was voted that the cloth of the army should be dyed brown, and
the distinction of the regiments should be made in the color of the
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