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A WEAK DEFENSE
I knew, in addition to all this, because of having
lived so many years in the fort, that we were not in a
condition to hold our own against even one of these
English ships, because of many of our soldiers' being in
the same frame of mind as was I, concerning the
Director, and even though each and every one had been
heart and hand with Master Stuyvesant, there was
not in all the city enough of ammunition to serve the
guns during a battle.
It stood on the accounts that we had thirteen
hundred pounds of powder in the magazine; but I knew, as
did many another, that of the whole amount a full seven
hundred pounds would not burn even though it was
thrown into a blazing fire.
We had one hundred and fifty soldiers under arms,
and Martin Kip had the names of ninety-six of these
 who had declared that if English, French, or Swedes
came against us while Petrus Stuyvesant was Director,
they would not raise a hand in defense of the
There were also near to two hundred and fifty citizens
who had been armed and commanded to be ready for
service in time of danger; but I knew beyond a question
that more than half the number would stand with hands
in their coat pockets, rather than raise them in obedience
to an order from Director Stuyvesant.
Thus it can be seen that the English had chosen a
most favorable time for coming against us, and, as if to
make their chances even better, Master Stuvvesant,
suspecting no evil, had gone on a tour of inspection far
up the North river.