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ef of the sick; but as twelve hundred men formed the whole force that he could as yet lead beyond the bor- Chap. LI.} 1775. Aug. der, he feared that the naval strength of the enemy might prevent his getting down the Sorel river; and on the sixth of August he wrote to congress, which had already adjourned, for information whether he was to proceed. The reference implied his own conviction, that his army was inadequate to the vast enterprise. Before the middle of the month, Brown returned froreceiving his appointment as brigadier general he reluctantly bade adieu to his quiet scheme of life; perhaps, he said, for ever, but the will of an oppressed people, compelled to choose between liberty and slavery, must be obeyed. On the sixth of August, from Albany, he advised Chap. LII.} 1775. Aug. that Tryon, whose secret designs he had penetrated, should be conducted out of the way of mischief to Hartford. He reasoned justly on the expediency of taking possession of Canada, as the mea