November, after a siege of fifty days, the fort of St.
John's surrendered; and its garrison, consisting of five hundred regulars and one hundred Canadians, many of whom were of the French
gentry, marched out with the honors of war.
now hastened to Montreal
as rapidly as the bad weather and worse roads would permit; and on the twelfth of November, unopposed, he took possession of the town.
He came as the auxiliary of the Canadians, to give them the opportunity of establishing their freedom and reforming their laws; and he requested them to choose as soon as possible ‘faithful representatives to sit in the continental congress, and make a part of that union.’
He sought to impress them with the idea that the freedom of the thirteen colonies could never be securely enjoyed, so long as arbitrary government should remain established in Canada
; that no reconciliation could take place till the liberties of all should be secured on the same basis.
He did not think himself a great politician, but his plan had, as he believed, ‘the merit of being liberal, and of coming from an honest heart, void of any ambition but that of serving the public.’
He earnestly urged Schuyler
to pass the winter at Montreal
In the midst of his unparalleled success, the hero longed to be below the Catskills, with his young wife, his pleasant farm occupations, and his books.
‘I am weary of power,’ said he to Schuyler
; ‘I must go home this winter, if I walk by the side of the lake.’
‘I have courted fortune,’ he wrote to his brother-in-law, ‘and found her kind.
I have one more favor to solicit, and then I have done.’
remained unconquered; and honor