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Harding's Excursion to Closter

September 5th, 1781

On Wednesday evening last a party of Refugees, from Fort deLancey, on Bergen Neck, consisting of only eleven men, under the command of Captain William HARDING, made an excursion to Closter, in Jersey, being 25 miles from said post, where they surprized and made prisoners of a Rebel Guard of six men, belonging to the noted Captain Blanch, and also collected fifteen head of cattle: all which they conducted with them back to Fort deLancey, notwithstanding they were followed in their return for near twenty miles, by at least three times their number, under the command of a Colonel Gutches, and the said Blanch, but without their venturing to make any attack, except now and then exchanging a few long shot at a very respectable distance.

The New-York Gazette and the Weekly Mercury, September 17th, 1781.

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