On the twenty-eighth of April, the
vainglorious governor, marching out from the city, left the advantageous ground which he first occupied, and incautiously hazarded an attack near Sillery Wood.
The advance-guard, under De Bourlamarque, met the shock with firmness, and returned the attack with ardor.
In danger of being surrounded, Murray
was obliged to fly, leaving ‘his very fine train of artillery,’ and losing a thousand men. The French
appear to have lost about three hundred,1
's report increased it more than eight-fold.
During the two next days, De Levi
opened trenches against the town; but the frost delayed the works.
The English garrison, reduced by death during the winter, sickness, and the unfortunate battle, to twenty-two hundred effective men, exerted themselves with alacrity.
The women, and even the cripples, were set to light work.
In the French
army not a word would be listened to of the possibility of failure.
's sagacity had foreseen and prepared for all. A fleet at his bidding was on its way to relieve the city; and to his wife, the sister of Lord Temple and George Grenville
, he was able to write in June,—‘Join, my love, with me, in most humble and grateful thanks to the Almighty.
The siege of Quebec
was raised on the seventeenth of May, with every happy circumstance.
The enemy left their camp standing, abandoned forty pieces of cannon.
arrived there in the Vanguard on the fifteenth, and destroyed all the French shipping, six or seven in number.
Happy, happy day!
My joy and hurry are inexpressible.’2