<Edition>[Selections. 1987] Writings. Library of America. J.A. Leo Lemay, ed. New York: Literary Classics of the United States, 1987</Edition>
<milestone n=917><p><i>The Sale of the Hessians</i>
<p>FROM THE COUNT DE SCHAUMBERGH TO THE BARON
<p>HOHENDORF, COMMANDING THE HESSIAN TROOPS
<p>Rome, February 18, 1777.
<p>MONSIEUR LE BARON: -- On my return from Naples, I
received at Rome your letter of the 27th December of last
year. I have learned with unspeakable pleasure the courage
our troops exhibited at Trenton, and you cannot imagine my
joy on being told that of the 1,950 Hessians engaged in the
fight, but 345 escaped. There were just 1,605 men killed,
and I cannot sufficiently commend your prudence in sending
an exact list of the dead to my minister in London. This
precaution was the more necessary . . .