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The cannon you heard is probably what you imagine, a Vessel coming down to open the communication.
The Admiral has heard a different account of the Woman's report— he sent for the man on board to examine him ; and he there declard that she had spoke handsomely of the treatment that she and the rest had met with. They are certainly distressed—it is everybody's story, that leaves the Army, - On Languit dans ce Camp
the Deserters say, What shall I do with this Cotton, better send him on board, and let the Admiralty settle his affairs hereafter. Our Batteries alarm them you may be assured.
I wish we had Murray's Corps back, that we might be ready to decide it with 'em.
I have the honour to be with much regard,
JAMES WOLFE. 19th August, 1759. Addresed to The Hon'ble.
Brigadier General Monckton,
(11) 22nd Aug. 1759. Dear Brigadier,
Murray, by his long stay above and by detaining all our boats, is actually Master of the operations—or rather puts an entire stop to them. I have writ twice to recall him : but you tell me the Midshipman is yet at his old post. I intend to burn all the country from Camarasca to the Point of Levy, Scot's Rangers and some Volunteers are to execute a part of this. You know I promiss'd Mr Cameron the first vacancy in the Army, or, no recommendation whatever should have interfered with yours in your own Regiment. The next Ensigney Mr Tren shall have unless you chose a Lieutenancy (if a vacancy happen) should be given to Poor Engel, who has been hardly used.
I have the honour to be with great esteem,
(12) Sir, The General being slightly indisposed, has honour'd me with his Commands to acquaint you that he has received your letter of yesterday's date. He thinks it would be right to order some Rockets at Goreham's Post, to be thrown up, so that our ships above may see them: This will be a hint to the people above that we want something.
I have the honour to be, with great respect,
ISAAC BARRE. Head Quarters, Augt 24th.
Hon. G1. Monckton.
I shew'd your letter to the General, and sent the other to Mr. Townshend. The state of the troops shall be got ready (as near as I can
determine) by this night, and I shall send it to you to morrow morning : The other General Officers have ask'd for one each.
General Wolfe thinks you may shew the private instructions to the two Brigadiers: The Admiral has been told that he is to expect to see the Generals to-morrow.
I have the honour to be, Sir,
ISAAC BARRE. Head Quarters. 6 o'clock.
Hon. B. G. Monckton.
(14) Sir, The General recommends your sending out a strong detachment tomorrow, to scour the country, to see what damage can be done the Enemy by destroying Villages, the Harvest, and driving in, if possible some cattle. The detachment is to return in the evening.
I have the honour to be, Sir,
(15) Sir, Tho' I have not the Honour to be personally known to you, I am, however, sufficiently acquainted with your general character, to conclude, that the paying due Honours to the Memory of a Leader, who died so gloriously in his Country's cause, as the brave General Wolfe, can not be unacceptable to the person, who worthily succeeds him in Command: I shall, therefore, make no apology, for taking the liberty to enclose you, what I have just sketch'd, as an Essay to the celebrating so great a man I call it an Essay; since I have not the vanity, to flatter myself with hopes of succeeding equal to my wishes in so arduous a subject ! and find my mind and harp still out of tune, from the blow I receiv'd in this Gentleman's death : but, as I admir'd him living, I am desirous to express, at least, my private respect to him dead, at the riske of what any Criticks soever may say of the Author; and shall be heartily glad to see this poor composition of my own, invite some abler genius to so glorious, tho’ melancholy a Theme ! I am Sir, Your most obedient and most humble servant,
(16) An essay to an epitaph on the truly Great and justly lamented Major
General Wolfe, who fell, victoriously, before Quebec, the 13th
Here rests from toil, in narrow bounds confined,
V. NEVILL. Quebec. 7th October 1759.