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Had we arrived safe at Quebec, wrote the admiral, ten or twelve thousand men must have been left to perish of cold
Chap. XXI.} and hunger: by the loss of a part, Providence saved all the rest!
and he expected public honors for his suc-
1712. cessful retreat, which to him seemed as glorious as a victory.
Such was the issue of hostilities in the north-east.
The failure of the attack on Quebec left Nicholson n option but to retreat, and Montreal also was unmolested.
Detroit, though not till the next year, almost
1712. fell before the valor of a party of the Ottagamies, or Foxes—a nation passionate and untamable, springing up into new life from every defeat, and, though reduced in the number of their warriors, yet present every where by their ferocious enterprise and savage
Charlevoix, II. 365-372. daring.
Resolving to burn Detroit, they pitched their
Cass. Lanman's Michigan. lodgings near the fort, which Du Buisson, with but twenty Frenchmen, defended.