Posted by Drummer Edward Armstrong on December 08, 2000 at 23:40:03:
December 8th 1758
A post to Lt.Col.John Armstrong
from Reg't Drum Major, Drummer Edward Armstrong;
Dearest Uncle John,
I hope this letter finds you in good health and spirits.
I'm sorry this letter is so long in coming but it took the request of my brother Ian for me to realize that it is time we put the past behind us and reunite this family. I wish to apologize for our last meeting together, as you may recall, it was when you came to me to inform me of the passing of my Father,your brother,Lt.Edward Armstrong
at the hands of the enemy at Fort Granville. You may also remember, you mentioned that you were leading an attack in retaliation, and on my request to join you in the attack did our arguement insue. I wanted to say that your denial of my request set me to rage! However,
I fully understand now that I'm older and have gained experience in the field of combat why you refused my request. You had enough on hands to deal with,the last thing you needed was to nurse-maid a rage filled boy bent on revenge! I'm so sorry our last words were spoken in anger. I hope you can forgive me?
I also wanted to thank you for looking after my mother in the absence of my father,I am told she keeps three candels lit for our safe return. I also wanted to thank you for what you have done for my brother,your nephew, Ian. I know full well that his transfer didn't come from my position! But it did however come from a uncle of mine.
I do bring joyous news; Ian is to join me at my side here with the 77th REG't.
As you may know the main body of our army has left for Ft.Bedford, I have been given orders to stay behind for my brother and to assist the Major with the transporting of Stores to our new position!
I shall write more later after his arrival
Your humble sevant
Drummer Edward Armstrong
77th reg't of foot
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