Wednesday, May 23, 2012

War: Render Its Evils as Light as Possible

Sir Guy Carleton arrived in New York City on May 5, 1782 to assume command of British forces operating in United States.  On May 7, Carleton wrote to New Jersey Governor William Livingston, "Colonel [Henry Brockholst] Livingston will have the pleasure of placing this Letter in Your Excellency's hands.  His Enlargement, Sir, has been the first Act of my Command, being desirous, if War must prevail, to render its Evils as light as possible to individuals."

During his tenure as Governor of Quebec, which ended in 1778, Carleton was famous among Americans for his kindness to prisoners. 

Carl E. Prince and Mary Lou Lustig, editors, The Papers of William Livingston: Volume 4: July 1780-April 1783 (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1987), page 405.
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