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Posted by John MacKay on July 16, 2000 at 10:09:33:

Corporal MacWilliam.......

Well here I am again. Tell Christian Gunn that I am sorry for the delay in correspondence, I have been given the job of minding the sheep for Uncle Angus in his absence. We were heading to the north some weeks ago, but the sheep decided to head West. Uncle Angus has said that they have a mind of their own, and always have a good reason for their actions. Well, they sure did.

Due to the ramblings of a couple months ago, they did not take the normal Spring action of "lambing", and decided it was now that time. I have been instructed in the art of animal husbandry by Uncle Angus, and while he has been out tramping the ridges, I have been helping the ewes birth their wee lambs. It is a miracle that I had never witnessed before. Such a humble feeling birth leaves with you.

We are in an area Uncle Angus calls Chestnut Ridge. As I understand, we are three to four days distance North and West of Raystown near a river the Scouts call Kishiminetus.

Angus says we will be here for another week or two. The lambs are getting stronger every day, and will be ready to travel soon. He wants to go a little further West, he knows a settlement that is in need of breeding stock........a place called Hannahstown.

I am in good health. Angus takes good care of his flock, including me. Would you speak to Captain Croy for me? I do wish to see my mates again, and would like to meet up with the Regiment somewhere, but only if I may be able to stay loose from them, and with Uncle Angus. I know this is asking alot. Please see what you can do for my case.

Uncle Angus sends his wishes,
may God bless you all...
"wee John" MacKay

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