; while the French had established themselves at 鏉窞妗戞嬁棰勭害 St. Augustine, only two days’ march from the gates, from which position it was soon necessary to expel them. Petty skirmishes such as this were frequent, but ended always with so easy advantage to the British that the troops began to think themselves invincible. 鏉窞鍏荤敓浼氶 Repeated intelligence, however, still arrived of French designs against Quebec, vague enough at first, but, as the winter wore on, gradually assuming more definite form. L茅vis, the ablest officer left to the French since the fall of Montcalm,
was in fact straining every nerve to organise and equip a force of overwhelming 鏉窞spa鍝噷鍙互鍙?strength for the purpose. He had full information of the state of Murray’s army and knew that he had but to bide his time for scurvy to do the best part of his work for him. At the end of March he heard that half of the British were on the sick-list, and 鏉窞瑗挎箹闃佹渶鏂?the report was not far from the truth. By the middle of April Murray had barely three thousand men fit for duty, while no fewer than seven hundred were lying in the snow-drifts, waiting till spring should unbind the frozen ground to give them a grave.
On the 17th of April Murray, learning that the preparations of the French were complete, occupied the mouth of Cap Rouge River to prevent a landing at that point. Four days later L茅vis set out with about seven thousand men, half of them regular troops, and a fleet of bateaux escorted by two frigates 鏉窞鍝佽尪缇庡コ缇?and by several smaller craft. The river was not yet free from ice, the weather was bad, and navigation was difficult; but on the 26th the army, reinforced by the garrisons of several outlying stations to nearly nine thousand men, landed at St. Augustine 鏉窞妗戞嬁榫欏嚖 and marched upon the British advanced posts. The British at once fell back from Cap Rouge and Old Lorette upon Sainte Foy. L茅vis followed after them all night, despite the difficulties of half-thawed ice and driving rain and tempest, and at daybreak arrived before Sainte Foy to find every house occupied by the British and their cannon playing on his columns as they emerged from the forest. Murray, warned by the information of a French gunner, who had been picked up half dead from the floating ice in the St. Lawrence, had marched out with half of the garrison to cover the retreat 鏉窞鎸夋懇鎶偐 of his advanced parties. The position which he occupied was strong, and L茅vis being ignorant of the weakness of his numbers would not venture to attack, but resolved to wait until nightfall and then move round the British left flank. Murray therefore was 鏉窞鍝佽尪澶滅綉 able to retire in safety to Quebec, while L茅vis occupied Sainte Foy and pushed his light troops forward to Sillery.
Murray’s position now was none of the pleasantest. The fortifications of Quebec were in no condition to withstand an energetic cannonade, and the ground was still frozen so hard that it was impossible for him to throw up entrenchments, as he had long desired, outside the walls. The only alternative open to him was to sally out and fight L茅vis, at odds of one against two, and beat him if he could. MurTags: 杭州品茶, 杭州夜生活网推油, 杭州家庭式个人保健, 杭州桑拿按摩多少钱, 杭州桑拿龙凤