With powder in his periwig,
and snuff in his nose,
Monsieur will run down our descent to oppose;
And the Indians will come: but the light infantry
Will soon oblige them to betake to a tree.
From such rascals as these may we fear a rebuff?
Advance, grenadiers, and let fly your Hot Stuff!
When the forty-seventh regiment
is dashing ashore,
While bullets are whistling and cannons do roar,
Says Montcalm: “Those are Shirley’s—I know the lappels.”
“You lie,” says Ned Botwood, “we belong to Lascelles’!
Tho’ our cloathing is changed, yet we scorn a powder-puff;
So at you, ye b——s, here’s give you Hot Stuff.”
On the repulse at Montmorenci, Wolfe to Pitt, 2 Sept. 1759. Vaudreuil au Ministre, 5 Oct. 1759. Panet, Journal du Siege. Johnstone, Dialogue in Hades. Journal tenu a l’Armee, etc. Journal of the Siege of Quebec, by a Gentleman in an eminent Station on the Spot. Memoires sur le Canada, 1749-1760. Fraser, Journal of the Siege. Journal du Siege d’apres un MS. depose a la Bibliotheque Hartwell. Foligny, Journal memoratif. Journal of Transactions at the Siege of Quebec, in Notes and Queries, XX. 164. John Johnson, Memoirs of the Siege of Quebec. Journal of an Expedition on the River St. Lawrence. An Authentic Account of the Expedition against Quebec, by a Volunteer on that Expedition. J. Gibson to Governor Lawrence, 1 Aug. 1759. Knox, I. 354. Mante, 244.
Pitt had directed that, while Quebec was attacked, an attempt should be made to penetrate into Canada by way of Ticonderoga and Crown Point. Thus the two armies might unite in the heart of the colony, or, at least, a powerful diversion might be effected in behalf of Wolfe. At the same time Oswego was to be re-established, and the possession of Fort Duquesne, or Pittsburg, secured by reinforcements and supplies; while Amherst, the commander-in-chief, was further directed to pursue any other enterprise which in his opinion would weaken the enemy, without detriment to the main objects of the campaign. He accordingly resolved to attempt the capture of Niagara. Brigadier Prideaux was charged with this stroke; Brigadier Stanwix was sent to conduct the operations for the relief of Pittsburg; and Amherst himself prepared to lead the grand central advance against Ticonderoga, Crown Point, and Montreal.
[Footnote 722: Pitt to Amherst, 23 Jan., 10 March, 1759.]
[Footnote 723: Amherst to Pitt, 19 June, 1759. Amherst to Stanwix, 6 May, 1759.]