Friday, July 11, 1777
"PHILADELPHIA July 1
It appears from an orderly book found with the Hessians who were taken at Trenton last December, that the following letter was given out in the general orders of August 29th last, signed Von Heisier, who says it was sent to him by General Howe.
"I was this morning an unwilling spectator
of outrages as I never believed could be committed in a Christian
country.The Hessian troops have plundered this unfortunate place
intirely, and without distinction to persons. They have driven
every poor family out of their houses and robbed them of their
property, which I believe will have the most unhappy consequences.
I am sure the commanding General will not permit such dreadful havock, and I entreat you to acquaint him with it, that we may be freed from our misery as quickly as possible."
Written August, 1776.
In consequence of the above letter, the General issued his orders, forbidding such conduct in the troops under his command, but it appears from the book above mentioned, that similar complaints were repeatedly made, and no effectual means taken to prevent them.
Any gentleman, by applying to the Printer, (in Philadelphia) will be informed where the book is to be seen.
The following ANECDOTE, being a lively representation of the BLESSING OF BRITISH GOVERNMENT, is recommended to the serious perusal of all timid, cool-hearted Americans.---On Monday the 19th of May last, one Mr. Anderson, a house-carpenter living in Chappel street, New York, had a difference with a Tory, who insulted Mr. Anderson as he was going home from his work, with his tools on his shoulder, by tauntingly saying to him "Times are changed with you--So! you are obliged to carry your axe--Where is your gun now, that you used to carry!" This brought on a further altercation, and at length blows ensued: Upon which the Tory lodged a complaint with Gen. Pigot; Mr. Anderson could not be heard in his own defence but was ordered to receive 500 lashes, and notwithstanding the intercessions of his wife and children and a number of his friends, this inhuman sentence was carried into execution with the greatest rigor, against a reputable freeholder and citizen; he fainting away twice during the execution; after which he was sent into confinement on board a man of war."