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The works at Frontenac progress slowly. Since nothing is in shape, neither storehouses, nor artillery, nor fortifications, nor timber cut, everything distracts the workmen, who are very few in number. While waiting, the wheat, the grain, and the powders are divided up. The hospital perhaps will not be finished this year. Altogether everything appears to be little advanced. May God grant that the expedition they propose shall succeed. The enemy will be chased away from a post very advantageous to them both for war and as a depot for trade, and especially we shall be rid of great source of embarassment.

For years the government of Canada had considered the destruction of this place, but had never attempted it. Oswego became a troublesome thorn in the flank of New France, an intrusion that could not be endured. In 1756 it was inadequately garrisoned by British and short of supplies, and the little Lake Ontario navy was still largely on the stocks in the shipyard instead of cruising the lake to add security to the important post. Oswego became Montcalm's first objective, and Bougainville tells us the story of its seizure.

A petty victory like all those achieved in this country, but interesting because of the impression of superiority that it gives our Indians. July 3: News from Presque Isle,10 almost all the Indians from the back country have got there, but, because they have been told that there is smallpox at Frontenac and Niagara, they do not wish to go farther; most of them have gone back. One hopes, however, to lead a few of them on. Through interrogation of prisoners and captured English papers it still appears that the enemy have all their forces assembled at Albany and its vicinity.

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