Amherst had been notified of the intended siege;
but he persevered in the systematic and tardy plan which he had formed.
When the spring opened, he had no difficulties to encounter in taking possession of Canada
, but such as he himself should create.
A country suffering from a four years scarcity, a disheartened, starving peasantry, the feeble remains of five or six battalions, wasted by incredible services, and not recruited from France
, offered no opposition The party which was conducted from Crown Point
, by Colohel Haviland
, found the fort on Isle-aux-Noix deserted.
Amherst himself led the main army of ten thousand men by way of Oswego
; it is not easy to say why; for the labor of getting there was greater than that of proceeding directly upon Montreal
After toiling to Oswego
, he descended the St. Lawrence
cautiously, taking possession of the feeble works at Ogdensburg
; treating the helpless Canadians
with humanity, and with no loss of lives except in passing the rapids, on the seventh of September he met before Montreal
the army under Murray
, who, as he came up from Quebec
, had intimidated the people-and amused himself by now and then burning a village and hanging a Canadian.
The next day, Haviland
arrived with forces from Crown Point
Thus the three armies came together in overwhelming strength to take an open town of a few hundred inhabitants, which Vaudreuil
had resolved to give up on the first appearance of the English
; and on the eighth day of September, the flag of St. George
floated in triumph on the gate of Montreal
, the admired island of Jacques Cartier
, the ancient hearth of the council-fires of the Wyandots, the village consecrated by the Roman Church to the Virgin Mary