go by, before boats were ready; and when at
last he embarked, and victory, not without honor, might still have been within his grasp, he received messengers from Quebec
, and turned back, having done nothing but occupy and repair deserted forts.
Sending a detachment against the St. Francis Indians
, he himself went into winter-quarters, leaving his unfinished work for another costly campaign.
Amherst was a brave and faithful officer, but his intellect was dull.
He gained a great name, because New France was occupied during his chief command; but, had Wolfe
resembled him, Quebec
would not have fallen.
As soon as the floating masses of ice permitted,
the forces for the expedition against Quebec
had repaired to Louisburg
; and already Wolfe
, by his activity and zeal, his good judgment and the clearness of his orders, inspired unbounded confidence.
His army consisted of eight regiments, two battalions of Royal Americans
, three companies of rangers, artillery, 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.
On board of one of the ships was Jervis
, afterwards Earl St. Vincent
; another, which followed, bore as master James Cook
, the navigator, who was destined to explore and reveal the unknown paths and thousand isles of the Pacific
The brigades had for their commanders the brave, open-hearted, and liberal Robert Monckton
, afterwards governor of New York and conqueror of Martinico; George Townshend
, elder brother of Charles Townshend
, soon to succeed his father in the peerage, and become known as a legislator for America
, a man of quick perception,