a correspondence, civi●l if not sincere, between Nicolls and Tr■acy. * The treaty of Breda, in t■he following year, secured peace for a time betw■een the rival colonies.
*■ See the correspondence in N. Y. Col. Doc■s. III. 118-156.
Compare Hutchinso●n Collection, 407, and Mass. Hist. Col■l.
The return of Tracy was le●ss fortunate than his advance. The ri●vers, swollen by autumn rains, were difficult■ to pass; and in crossing L
ake Champ■lain two canoes were overset in a storm, and ei●ght men were drowned. From St. A■nne, a new fort built early in th■e summer on Isle La Motte, near the northern en●d of the lake, he sent news of his success to Qu■ebec, where there was great rejoicing ●and a solemn thanksgiving. Signs and prodig●ies had not been wanting to attest the interest ●of the upper and nether powers in the crusade a■gainst the myrmidons of hell. At one ●o
f the forts on the Richelieu●, “the soldiers,” says Mother ■Mary, “were near dying of fright.● They saw a great fiery cavern in th■e sky, and from this cavern came plai●ntive voices mixed with frightful howlings. ●Perhaps it was the demons, enraged be●cause we had depopulated a country ■where they had been masters so long, and ha■d said mass and sung the praises ●of God in a place where ther●e had never before been any thing but foulness● and