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Loyal Refugee Volunteers
Address to Prince William Henry


WE his Majesty's dutiful and loyal subjects, the Refugees stationed on Bergen Neck, beg leave to address your Royal Highness (through the channel of our commanding officer) on your safe arrival in America. It is impossible for us to express the satisfaction, that is visible in the face of every individual, belonging to our small party, at so distinguished an honour, paid to the loyal inhabitants of this continent, by the arrival of so amiable and distinguished a character as the son of our Royal Sovereign.

The measures pursued by a designing, bare set of men, early in this unnatural contest obliged us to leave our habitations, and fly for safety to his Majesty's troops; since which we have let our persecutors (who meant our destruction) feel the effects of our resentment; and convinced them that we contended for that, which every man at the risk of this life ought to defend.

Therefore we flatter ourselves that your Royal Highness is convinced of the sincerity of our attachment to their Majesties, and the Royal Progeny; (which we are always ready to give fresh proofs of) praying for that day when rebellion may be crushed, and peace established throughout this continent, and his Majesty's standard displayed triumphant by land and sea. May Heaven protect your Royal Highness in time of danger, and permit you to return crowned with the laurels of victory to your Royal Parents.

Fort Delancey, on Bergen Neck
1st October, 1781.

The New-York Gazette and the Weekly Mercury, October 8th, 1781.

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