wrote to the commander in chief
: ‘I had
hopes of holding out for this year, had the savages remained firm; but now we are on the eve of being overrun and subdued.’
On the morning after Montgomery
's arrival near St. John
's, he marched five hundred men to its north side.
A party which sallied from the fort was beaten off, and the detachment was stationed at the junction of the roads to Chambly
Additions to his force and supplies of food were continually arriving, through the indefatigable attention of Schuyler
; and though the siege flagged for the want of powder, the investment was soon made so close that the retreat of the garrison was impossible.
The want of subordination delayed success.
Ethan Allen had been sent to Chambly
to raise a corps of Canadians.
They gathered round him with spirit, and his officers advised him to lead them without delay to the army; but dazzled by vanity and rash ambition, he attempted to surprise Montreal
Dressed as was his custom when on a recruiting tour, in ‘a short fawn skin, double breasted jacket, a vest and breeches of woollen serge, and a red worsted cap,’ he passed over from Longeuil to Long Point
, in the night preceding the twenty fifth of September, with about eighty Canadians and thirty Americans
, though he had so few canoes, that but a third of his party could embark at once.
On the next day he discovered that Brown
, whom he had hoped to find with two hundred men on the south side of the town, had not crossed the river.
Retreat from the island was impossible; about two hours after sunrise he was attacked by a motley party of regulars, English residents of Montreal