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tion, calculated, if it could have taken effect in its full extent, totally to change the face of affairs in America, and to bring the war to a speedy, if not immediate conclusion. Every reader is sufficiently ac
quainted with the figure which the
American General, Arnold, made, during the whole course of the war. In peaceful occupations he was not so happy. Retired from the army, on account of the wound he received in the cause of America, and which endeared him to that whole continent, he soon lost the affections of his countrymen, which he had purchased at so dear a rate. His condućt in the go
vernment of Philadelphia, to
which he had been appointed upon the retreat of the British army, was of such a nature, or so represented by his enemies, as drew upon him, not only the odium of the inhabitants of that city, but of the prowince in general. He was charged with oppression, extortion, with exorbitant and enormous charges upon the public in his accounts, and with applying the public money and property to his own private use. Many of the particulars appear in the publications of the time. ' He appealed from the judgment of the commissioners who had been appointed to inspečt his accounts 6. who had rejećted above half he amount of his demands) to the Qongress; and they appointed a committee, of their own body, to examine and settle the business.