The Irish Celebration at Carlisle

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Posted by Cpl. MacWilliam on March 16, 2000 at 08:29:24:

Cousin Seamus,

I must make this message quick for the Captain is calling me and I must assemble the men. It is with a heavy heart that I write this message, for I have not yet found Uncle Quasi among the citizens of Carlisle.

A contingent of our company of Grenadiers went into the village of Carlisle last evening and visited the local tavern. We asked about the hunchbacked man whom we believe to be your father, but all persons answered that they knew not where he was. Several seemed to know of him, one gentleman in the tavern even raising his stick and stating that if we find him he wanted a piece of him first for the pinch that was given to his young daughter. But no one seems to know his whereabouts. One of the tavern wenches did let slip that she thought he may have a cabin a few miles south of the village, but one of the other wenches gave a "mum's the word" sign and the first wench denied any knowledge.

However, dear cousin, we believe we may be able to flush out the long lost Quasi tomorrow evening. You see, it is the celebration of St. Patrick tomorrow evening and Colonel Bouquet has given us leave to celebrate as we always do on the holidays of St. Patrick, St. Andrew, St. David, and St. George. Several of the Royal Americans, being Irish, have already begun their celebration and that is why the Captain is forming us up. We are to do double duty today to make sure that all troops are sober until morrow's eve.

We expect tomorrow evening to celebrate with the Irishmen, them being our cousins in blood, and at that time we expect the hunchback to appear. For, if he is indeed your own father and Davey's and my Uncle Quasi, he is sure to be celebrating with the rest of us.

Wish us luck, cousin Seamus. Give our regards to Sgt. Toot. We have still had no messages from Many Flags, Three Tales or Sign Talker. We continue to question those Lenape who come to join the expedition, if they have had word of our longhunter cousins.

God Save the King!

Cpl. Malcolm A. MacWilliam, 77th Gren Coy

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