Re: Kidd's Treasure

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Posted by Elaine on May 19, 1999 at 20:18:47:

In Reply to: Re: Kidd's Treasure posted by Victoria on May 19, 1999 at 14:54:38:

: : Meanwhile, there is no word on the whereabouts of She Who Tracks and The Old Crone, who left the fort some weeks ago on a quest for the treasure of Captain Kidd. We fear the trip to the Glimmerglass may have ended unfortunately for our two adventurers.

: ***

: For those who seek yon missing souls,

: Perhaps they had some difficulty as they made their way to Gardiner's Island, or have been taken by the Pequot in revenge for the betrayal of their uprising by the first Uncas, the Mohegan sachem, friend of Lion Gardiner. Mayhaps some news can be heard at Bumppo's Tavern amongst some foot weary travellers taking their respite there. Ask carefully, but do not ask beyond what they tell willingly.

: A Fellow Traveller

Dear Fellow Traveller,

I beg pardon, but ye cause me to un-recluse myself to take strong drink and then stronger issue by the false trail you set these innocents upon. Gardiner's Island, says you?! Ha! 'Tis a swine belly lie to call it so. The Gardiner's have no claim to Mann-i-tuck ... swindlers, the whole lot of them. All who knows will tell ye it was the home of the Lenape before the Dutch sailed in. They fancied the fine wampum of the Can-ar-see and Mass-a-pe-qua before offering 24 hard, cold Dutch guilders for Man-hat-tan. Be that as it were, it were not Gardiners who first held English and Dutch titles to the island, but Barnabus Horton. The Gardiners are mere carpetbagging swindlers who took history's claim by right of their patriot declarations whilst the unfortunate Tory Hortons lost "first rights." A clever bunch were those Gardiners ... they played both sides of the land fence. For every Patriot son, they had an equal number of Tory supporters! 'Tis true, dear Traveller, and I'll not stand by with nary a word on this matter.
And 'tis was Caleb Horton, son of Barnabus and Mary (nee Langton), born first on the island ... October 1640 to be precise! Those Gardiners-come-lately produced no child 'til fully a year later.

On behalf of the esteemed Horton & Hallock families I protest this "Gardiner's Island" claim!

As for Uncas, that Mohegan English ally, would that he found those Gardiners travelling in his Conn-ec-ti-cut lands!

A Refreshed Traveller

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