As food and other supplies diminished, people's immune
systems were compromised and were left even more vulnerable to
people chose to be inoculated, but initially such a measure was
prohibited by Provincial Council orders. These orders were eventually
repealed when the value of the inoculation became apparent.
With General Howe's stronghold in New Brunswick, students of
Queens College reconnoitered at an abandoned church at North Branch where
classes continued under the tutelage of John
Taylor. Even after General Howe's withdrawal of troops from New
Brunswick in June of 1777, classes continued at other locations. One
location included the Van Harlingen House.
of the war traveled to those at North Branch, sometimes in letters from
friends. John Bogart received several from Simeon Vanartsdalen of
North Hampton, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
Near to the Delaware River and above Philadelphia, Simeon tells of residents
moving their belongings across the river and the
unlikelihood of Washington attacking Philadelphia. After Washington's
surprise attack on Germantown on October 4, 1777, Simeon
writes that he expects the troops from White Marsh
and Edge-Hill will move to Germantown for better quarters.