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tack on Quebec, chap. XIV.} 1759. Pitt selected the generous and kind-hearted Saunders, an officer who to unaffected modesty and steady courage joined the love of ci and a brigade of engineers,—in all, about eight thousand men; the fleet under Saunders had twoand-twenty ships of the line, and as many frigates and armed vessels. he general proceeded to reconnoitre the shore above the town. In concert with Saunders, on the eighteenth of July, he sailed along the well defended bank from Montmof the five passages from the lower to the upper town was carefully intrenched, Saunders was willing to join in any hazard for the public service; but I could not propeep, though so narrow that two men could hardly march in it abreast; Vice Admiral Saunders to Secretary Pitt, 20 Sept., 1759. and he knew, by the number of tents urprise. To mislead the enemy, his troops were kept far above the town, while Saunders, as if an attack was intended at Beauport, set Cook, the great mariner, with o
Chapter 16: Possession taken of Michigan and the country on the Lakes.—Pitts administration continued. 1760. had Amherst been more active, the preceding chap. XVI.} 1760. campaign would have reduced Canada. His delay and retreat to Crown Point gave De Levi, Montcalm's successor, a last opportunity of concentrating the remaining forces of France at Jacques Cartier for the recovery of Quebec. In that city Saunders had left abundant stores and heavy artillery, with a garrison of seven thousand men, under the command of the brave but shallow Murray. When De Levi found it impossible to surprise the place in mid-winter, he still resolved on undertaking its reduction. George Townshend, now in England, publicly rejected the opinion, that it was able to hold out a considerable siege; and Murray, the commander, himself prepared for the last extremity, by selecting the Isle of Orleans for his refuge. As soon as the river opened, De Levi proceeded with an army of less than ten