With so many good biographies on the market it is unfortunate that so interesting a man as the Marquis de Montcalm (1712-1759) should be the subject of such a poorly written piece of work.
Since the time of Abbé Casgrain, Thomas Chapais, Francis Parkman, and William Wood, many documents and letters, some of them newly brought to light, have been made freely accessible to the historian. It is a shame that Mr. Lewis has not availed himself of this material but has been satisfied merely to translate bits and pieces of the works of the above-mentioned French Canadian authors; one example will suffice:
Au mois de mars 1744, il partit avec son régiment pour Monaco . . . la campagne dura . . . du avril à décembre. Il y fut chargé “de diverses commissions et détachements particuliers, mais sans assister aux afíaires sanglantes . . . C’est en 1744, que mourut Louis Dumas. “En mourant,” écrit Montcalm, “il me laissa ses livres, ses manuscrits, et quatre actions sur la compagnie des Indes. Il laissa plusieurs manuscrits : métaphysique, grammaire, histoire, philosophie, etc.. . .
Chapais, Thomas, Le Marquis de Montcalm, pp. 18-19.
In the spring of 1744 Montcalm conducted his regiment to Monaco. The campaign of this year stretched from April to December, and Montcalm performed all the tasks assigned to him—but they included none of its bloody encounters. It was in this year that his tutor, Louis Dumas, . . . died, leaving his former pupil a few shares of stock in the Company of the Indies and a miscellaneous collection of manuscripts on various subjects—history, philosophy, metaphysics, etc.
Lewis, p. 17