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SURRENDER OF THE CITY DEMANDED
THERE had been no more than time to issue commands,
when the fleet we had been expecting sailed up the
harbor, and anchored within full view of the city. The
ships were seemingly crowded with soldiers, and even
 those who were eager to prevent the English from
working their will, must have begun to understand
that there was no hope of making a successful
The streets of the city were filled with men, women,
and children, who wandered about aimlessly, too much
excited to be able to remain within doors, and as
messengers came and went from the fleet, enough of what
was being done leaked out to give us a good idea of the
matter in hand.
First we knew that the commander of the fleet had
demanded the surrender of the city, and this we would
have understood even though no one told us, because
of the officers who came ashore under flag of truce.
Then it was whispered about that Master Stuyvesant
wanted to talk over the situation with the English
commander; but was told that the fleet had been sent
to take the city, not that its officers might argue.