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...to be what he was not. He begged him for the sake of his family and his friends to give it up because it might end for him in a disgraceful death.
Captain Hale replied, "I am fully sensible of the consequences of discovery and capture in such a situation. But for a year I have been in the army and have not rendered any material service while receiving a compensation for which I make no return. Yet I am not influenced by the hope of promotion or reward. I wish to be useful, andEvery kind of service necessary to the public good becomes honorable by being necessary.But," he added, taking his friend's hand affectionately, "I will reflect, and do nothing but what duty demands."
He decided to go, and left the American camp the second week in September. He was to cross to Long Island and approach the British position from the rear, and he was to go as a schoolmaster looking for employment, which was the best disguise he could assume as he had once been a schoolmaster and might easily pass for one again. Just what his orders and instructions were we... Hale, Nathan
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