Sgt. Toot.....We Await the News

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Posted by Cpl. MacWilliam on March 30, 2000 at 20:22:57:

Sgt. Toot,

By this time you have probably heard of the misfortune which has befallen our cousin Seamus. Word was sent to us by friend Timothy concerning these savage doings and we are sore afraid for Seamus's safety. Our longhunter cousins, Many Flags and Three Tales, along with Lenape friend Sign Talker, left Fort Morris yesterday to aid Timothy in Seamus's rescue. Possibly our long lost Uncle Angus and his army of sheep may be spiriting with them. They are a formidable bunch who will either rescue our dear cousin or wreck revenge if he has been harmed in any way.
Our work here is difficult for all we can think of is Seamus's safety. In relating the terrible news to Mistress Campbell, the 1st Sgt's wife, she immediately led us in prayer for Seamus's safe return. Mistress Campbell is an angel and lends to all of us the gentleness of the female race. I often think of my own dear wife back in Caithness as I listen to her sweet voice. Someday we will return to our dear Highlands and......well, I digress.
We have been formed into several parties to scour the area around Fort Morris to assure Col. Bouquet that the area is safe for the inhabitants before moving on to Fort Loudoun. We have been brigaded with the 60th Grenadiers , our twa companies totaling 65 men together, under the command of Capt. Croy. The Captain has informed us that we will probably encamp here at Fort Morris for a fortnight. We have begun to procure food and supplies from the locals, but food is scarce, it being a dry summer last year and hard winter.
That is enough wee talk. It saddens me that Seamus's capture may delay our plans to all meet at Fort Frederick in one month. Keep your ear to the ground and if you hear any news of our cousins and friends, inform us immediately. First Sgt. Campbell is urging us to fulfill our plans to aid the Patuxents at Frederick and has requested leave of Col. Bouquet to lead us there. This is good news.

Pax Aye! God Save the King!

Corporal Malcolm Angus MacWilliam, 77th Reg't of Foot, Grenadier Co.

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