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Battle of Ste. Foy
After the French victory at the Battle of Ste Foy, both the French and British armies waited to see whose navy would come up the St.
After the Battle of Ste. Foy, the French surrounded Quebec and waited, hoping their reinforcements would arrive before the British. (As portrayed in Canada: A People's History)
After the Battle of Ste. Foy, the French surrounded Quebec and waited, hoping their reinforcements would arrive before the British. (As portrayed in Canada: A People's History)
Lawrence, to see who would be vindicated.

"I am obliged to delay manoeuvres and play for time, while we wait to receive assistance that could arrive from France. If we do receive cannons and powder, we could soon take the town," wrote the French General François-Gaston de Lévis.

After years of bitter guerrilla sorties and the rabid exchanges on the Plains, the two commanders reverted to barely remembered European military etiquette. Lévis sent General James Murray a basket of spruce boughs upon hearing he liked spruce beer. And Murray sent Lévis a basket of Cheshire cheese.

After eleven days of polite suspense, a ship appeared. It didn't have a flag but eventually the HMS Lowestoft revealed its colours in front of the ramparts; the British had won the transatlantic race.
In the second battle on the Plains of Abraham, British soldiers were defeated and retreated behind the walls of Quebec. (As portrayed in Canada: A People's History)
The French were forced to retreat to Montreal when British ships arrived first at Quebec in May 1760. (As portrayed in Canada: A People's History)
William Pitt had sent twenty-two ships from England. "The gladness of the troops is not to be expressed," wrote John Knox. "Both Officers and soldiers mounted the parapets in the face of the enemy, and huzzaed, with their hats in the air, for almost an hour;..."

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