In The Revolutionary War: One year and a fateful final fortnight
© Manuscripts and Archives, Yale University Library, 2009
Hale sent a rhymed letter to a lady friend in New London, telling about the army's encampment at Winter Hill outside Boston. Here is an excerpt:
The hills with tents their whiteness show
Resembling much Midwinter's snow.
(For some such cause, perhaps the same,
Our hill is known by winter's name.)…
In passing on appear some domes
Both large & high, with num'rous rooms.
In former times, as I am told,
This splendid place was College call'd*
The muses here did once reside,
And with the ancient muses vy'd,
E'en Shaming Greek and Roman pride….
*Harvard buildings in Cambridge; the college had decamped to Concord