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Episode 3. A Summer in New Jersey

The Electric Franklin

June 2, 1775

But current events have a way of happening, whether you want them to or not. News has been seeping in from the port that British Army reinforcements are on the high seas on their way to Boston. That seems likely because the British made such a poor showing at Lexington and Concord that General Gage, their commander, wants more troops in case there should be another showdown.

What can the inexperienced, poorly armed Americans do against the disciplined men I so often watched drilling in London? Why do I pity them? Just because I have found so many Americans obliging and kind- hearted, is it possible that after only one month in this country I should feel such anguish on behalf of the rebellious colonists?