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His assistant is Abbé Chevalier Terley, called Chevalier Terley because of his warlike disposition. There is in the fort a captain of colonial troops as commander, but all real control is ecclesiastical. They plan to transplant here all of the Five Nations that can be won over to France. There arrived at the fort at the same time as we did seven of this fort's Indians, sent last year as deputies to the Five Nations. They brought back with them forty ambassadors of the Oneidas and Onondagas, who came, I believe, to assert their neutrality.
Besides, according to the reports of prisoners and deserters, this undertaking will be easy to accomplish. The fort which on this side of the Oswego River is only a stockaded fort with eight guns of very small caliber; there are only 250 men in the garrison. This fort once taken, the batteries that would be put in position there would breach the big fort on the other side of the Oswego, which is a simple loopholed rampart. Its strongest point is a sort of earthen hornwork which envelops all the right flank and rear of the fort.
July 23: Left Pointe à Coulonge at six and on foot as far the head of the Cedars portage, a distance of three-quarters of a league. The portage is covered by a little stockaded fort called the "Fort of the Cedars" and almost abandoned. Continued on foot as far as Pointe au Bluet. Re-embarked and proceeded to Coteau du Lac where there is a portage of two or three arpents30 past Pointe au Diable. The waterfall at Coteau du Lac is one of the hardest to pass. It is three leagues from Pointe à Coulonge.