- "The troops behaved like men contending for everything that was dear and valuable," Knox wrote to Lucy.p. 282.9
- Upon the whole, I cannot help saying—although I have never entered into the mysteries of government, having applied myself to my shop and my business—that it always seemed strange to me that people who contend so much for civil and religious liberty should be so ready to deprive others of their natural liberty....p. 101.3
- Remember how your courage and spirit have been despised and traduced by your cruel invaders, though they have found by dear experience at Boston, Charlestown, and other places, what a few brave men contending in their own land, and in the best of causes can do, against base hirelings and mercenaries.p. 160.1
- In one letter Washington complained bitterly of the lack of discipline in the army and wrote with scorn of the "dreaming, sleepy-headed" officers he had to contend with.p. 238.4
There are no more uses of "contend" in 1776.
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