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Contagion at Philadelphia

From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol II. Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859.

September 30.—We hear that the committee at Philadelphia is dissolved, and that the utmost confusion now reigns in that city; that their currency is got as low as twenty-eight for one; that General Lee has had a duel with Mr. Clarkson, aide-de-camp to General Arnold, in which the former was wounded in the side slightly; that General Washington remains at West Point, Lord Stirling in the Clove; that about sixty of Baylor’s light horse moved down to Monmouth a few days ago; that Major Hays commands at Elizabethtown at present; that the news of the Spaniards interfering in the present war is but very coolly received in most parts of the country, the sensible part of the people being of opinion that some European powers will join Great Britain, and in the end that America will fall a prey to one of the powers at war.1


1 New York Gazette, October 4.