of the troops round Quebec
The garrison laughed
as they saw from the ramparts the general, now venerable from age, and distinguished by his singularly large wig, walking solemnly along the walls, to spy out their weak parts.
Scattered round Quebec
, on both sides of the river, and at great distances from each other, lay about two thousand men; of whom not many more than half were able to do duty.
How to supply them with food was a great difficulty.
The insignificant batteries of three light guns and one howitzer on Point Levi; of twice that number of guns, two howitzers, and two small mortars on the heights of Abraham; and of two guns at the Traverse, were harmless to the enemy; the store of powder did not exceed three or four tons; of shot, ten or twelve; there were no engineers and few artillerists; of those who had wintered in Canada
, constituting more than half of the whole number, the time of service would expire on the fifteenth of April, when neither art, nor money, nor entreaty would be able to prevail on them to remain.
's regiment of about two hundred Canadians would be free on the same day, and very few of them would reengage.
Without the immediate support of eight or ten thousand men, a good train of artillery, and a full military chest, it was plain that the ministerial troops would easily regain the country.
, at his own solicitation, withdrew to Montreal
The regiments, sent forward to Canada
, arrived at Albany
in a very incomplete state, and were further thinned on the march by sickness and desertion.
who had confided in Montgomery
and given him aid before Quebec
, now only waited an