a cheerful, courteous, and hospitable people.
and there along the road chapels met their eyes, and images of the Virgin Mary
and rude imitations of the Savior
For seven weeks Cramahe, the lieutenant governor
, had been repairing the breaches in the walls of Quebec
, which were now put into a good posture for defence.
The repeated communications, intrusted by Arnold
to friendly Indians
, had been, in part at least, intercepted.
On the eighth of November his approach was known at Quebec
, but not the amount of his force; and the British
officers, in this state of uncertainty, were not without apprehensions that the affair would soon be over.
On the tenth Arnold
arrived at Point LeVI, but all boats had been carefully removed from that side of the Saint Lawrence
He waited until the thirteenth for the rear to come up, and employed the time in making ladders and collecting canoes, while Quebec
was rapidly gaining strength for resistance.
On the fifth of November a vessel from Newfoundland
had brought a hundred carpenters.
Colonel Allan McLean
arrived on the twelfth with a hundred and seventy men, levied chiefly among disbanded Highlanders who had settled in Canada
The Lizard and the Hunter
, ships of war, were in the harbor; and the masters of merchant ships with their men were detained for the defence of the town.
At nine in the evening of the thirteenth, Arnold
began his embarkation in canoes, which were but thirty in number, and carried less than two hundred at a time; yet by crossing the river three several times, before daybreak on the morning of the fourteenth, all of his