Posted by Many Flags on November 15, 2000 at 10:39:33:
15 November 1758
Allemangel, County of Berks
Colony of Pennsylvania
Dearest Uncles and Cousin Seamus,
I have sent our Indian friend Sign Talker with this message to try to find you in this vast Penn's Woods. Sign Talker stopped by this spot with his wagon load of trade goods for we were having a shiveree for one of my German cousins, Christina Reichelderfer, and he sold several items to the crowd attending. I asked if he would go north to try to find traces of you. I gave Sign Talker directions to Seamus's cabin, north of the Monsey Creek, and it is my hopes that he can find all of you there, with Seamus alive and recuperating from his terrible wounds received at the Battle of Fort Ligonier.
I am to be married on the 21st of December to Magdalena Gutshall! The bans have been posted and her father, the Pastor Gutshall at the Lutheran Kirche of Womelsdorf, has welcomed me into the family. Although it has begun to turn cold, I am working diligently to put up a small one room cabin with a loft on a piece of land which my father, the German immigrant, has given to me, which adjoins his land and my brother Three Tales'. Three Tales and our eldest brother Robert, an innkeeper at Northamptontown whom you have never met, have been working with me to raise the cabin, chink its walls and put rock together for the chimney, before the marriage occurs. Vater has given me 30 acres of his land to begin my own farm, much of it in woods and bordering the Blue Mountains.
Seamus, if you can get this message, it has been almost a year since we hunted together at your cabin. My wife-to-be, Magdalena, has given me leave to travel north a few days after our marriage, to once again hunt with you in the north, at your cabin, where game is still plentiful.
If and when Sign Talker delivers this message, please send a return, either the Uncles or Seamus yourself, to myself so I can make plans for the hunt after the Christmass Day. Seamus, although my heart is full for my joy at receiving a cabin, a homestead, and a wife all within a few weeks time, my heart yearns to know of your health, and also how my Uncles are faring.
I await to hear from you. Pax Aye, dear Cousin and Uncles!
Many Flags, longhunter and new homesteader
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