Posted by Cpl. Malcolm A. MacWilliam on March 27, 2000 at 10:33:48:
Cousin Seamus and Friend Timothy,
Time is short for we are finally moving once again. Baggage is being packed as we speak, and orders have been given that we march tomorrow morning for Fort Morris which is south of here.
St. Andrew has blessed us with the arrival of Many Flags and Three Tales. They are here beside me as I write this. Their journey has been adventurous and both have been refreshed with romance, although I believe Cousin Flags is beginning to pine a bit while separated from his "liebe Magdalena" as he calls the Parson's daughter. Three Tales wife was well and the three bairns are in fine health.
Uncle Quasi asks about you and if you do not make Carlisle in the next 24 hours, he will stay and await your arrival. The settlements and area surrounding this fort are now quiet. We have heard from Indian scouts that the marauding savages have moved west, a possible meeting between several of the northern tribes and the French has been hinted at. Many Flags, Three Tales and Sign Talker have been requested, by Colonel Bouquet and Captain Croy, to once again accompany the 77th grenadier company as we travel to Fort Morris. They will act as our scouting party and have been given leave to continue south with us to Fort Frederick once we have arrived at Loudoun.
The 1st Sergeant's wife, Mistress Campbell, is calling for myself and Brother Gunn to aid in her packing. She is a boon to our company, always cheerful, and enjoys the jokes that we make. She will miss your father Quasi, for he made a special rum punch for her. However, just last evening he whispered the ingredients to me, so now I may keep on her good side. Keep the 1st Sergeant's wife in a cheerful mood and the whole grenadier company will reap the benefits!
So, make haste, dear cousin. We have heard some stories again of the spirit which walks with his sheep. We believe it to be Uncle Angus and I have reminded the lads to keep their eyes open for him as we travel to Fort Morris. On, on to Frederick!
Pax Aye! God Save the King!!
Cpl. Malcolm Angus MacWilliam, 77th Grenadier Company
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