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Clark Learns about Hamilton's Move

On January 29, 1779, Mr. Francis Vigo, a Spanish merchant, arrived from Vincennes and told Clark about Hamilton's take over.

From Clark's Memoir:

"We now viewed ourselves in a very critical situation . . . . We knew that Governor Hamilton, in the spring . . . would be at the head of such a force that nothing in this quarter could withstand his arms; that Kentucky must immediately fall, and well if the desolation would end there . . . . We saw but one alternative, which was to attack the enemy in their quarters. . . . the enemy could not suppose that we should be so mad as to attempt to march eighty leagues through a drowned country in the depths of winter; that they would be off their guard and probably would not think it worth while to keep out spies; that . . . we might surprise them."

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