to executive offices, and the Catholic
who were restored to the possession of their estatesand their tithes, acquiesced in the new form of government; but by a large part of the British
residents it was detested, as at war with English liberties, and subjecting them to arbitrary power.
The instincts of the Canadian
peasantry inclined them to take part with the united colonies: they denied the authority of the French
nobility as magistrates, and resisted their claim of a right as seignors to command their military services.
Without the hardihood to rise of themselves, they were willing to welcome an invasion.
, in his distress, appealed to the Catholic
That prelate, who was a stipendiary of the British
king, sent a mandate to the several parishes, to be read by the subordinate clergy after divine service, but the peasantry persisted in refusing to come out.
We have seen the feeble and disorderly condition of the northern army at the time of Schuyler
His first object was to learn the state of Canada
, and in Major John Brown
he found a fearless, able, and trusty emissary.
He next endeavored to introduce order into his command.
On the twenty seventh of July the regiment of Green Mountain
Boys elected its officers; the rash and boastful Ethan Allen was passed by, and instead of him Seth Warner
, a man of equal courage and better judgment, was elected its lieutenant colonel.
Under the direction of Schuyler
, boats were built
as fast as possible; and his humanity brooked no delay in adopting measures for the relief of the sick; but as twelve hundred men formed the