Jehovah Holds Montreal
While Arnold sailed up and down the lake in his new navy, Colonel Allen and other officers at Ticonderoga became restless at the inaction of a Congress which seemed bent on doing nothing that might offend the King whom they already had repudiated. Ethan wrote a letter to the French-Canadians in Canada asking for neutrality, if they were not prepared to fight on the side of the Colonies. "Pray let old England and the Colonies fight it out," he said, "and the Canadians stand by and see what the arm of flesh can do."
Benedict Arnold also did some writing. Not proved to be his, but attributed to him by historians, is a letter signed "Veritas" which soon appeared in Connecticut papers. Veritas asserted that Arnold was the real leader of the Ticonderoga expedition, and that Colonel Easton, Allen's second in command, did not enter the fort at the time of the capture, but skulked in the rear.
Colonel Allen took no part in the controversy. The fort was taken, and now it was time to carry on the war "more vigorous." Talking it over with Easton, Warner, and others at Ticonderoga, he thought the thing to do was to put a bee