Seamus is Safe.....But Another Mystery!

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Posted by Corporal Malcolm A. MacWilliam on April 09, 2000 at 09:49:07:

To all you lads,

Seamus, we thank God that you are safe and now in the hands of your friend Timothy, and our cousins Many Flags and Three Tales. We received the news last evening and the whole camp here at Fort Morris rejoiced. A special service was held by the regimental chaplain, within the hour of hearing of your safety, and was attended by all officers, even Colonel Bouquet. We certainly hope that your wounds heal and you can still meet with us at Fort Loudoun. We understand that we will be leaving Fort Morris at the end of this week.

Timothy is to be praised for the shot that killed that fiend Ranck. The appearance of Uncle Angus and his sheep does not surprise brother Gunn nor I, for we knew that he was watching over his nephews. Oh, that we could be reunited with Uncle Angus as we have with Uncle Quasi. I have sent a message to Quasi to let him know that son Seamus is safe and heading south to meet with him. May St. Andrew protect you all so that this time you may complete the trip to Carlisle and thence on to meet with us at Loudoun.

This stockade of Fort Morris has no special features other than the well. Over 70 feet deep, its waters are clear and cool. The inhabitants come from miles to drink of it. Edward Shippen, who lives nearby and sponsored this fort, has visited with the troops several times. Many of us do not like his lordly ways but the local inhabitants are beholding to him for building this stockade. The lads are restless and we continue to hear of atrocities to the south of us, west of the Big Pool near Fort Frederick. We met last evening and 1st Sgt. Campbell selected the men of our company to travel with him to Fort Frederick. They will be myself as corporal, and privates Gunn, JohnsTon, MacGregor, MacFarland, Glen, MacPherson, MacCrimmon, and two of our newest recruits.

There is another mystery which has occurred. Several days ago, I sent Calsious Shattoe, a packman and retired Sgt. in the King's services, to deliver a message to Dway the duck hunter so he could let dear Nancy and Gloria know of Seamus's fate. We expected Mr. Shattoe to return by last evening, since he was on horseback. However, last evening before we received the news of your safety, Seamus, Red Leaf appeared. You will recall that Red Leaf is one of our Indian scouts whom we suspect of treachery. Red Leaf reported to us that he had met Mr. Shattoe and spoke with him on the trail. Mr. Shattoe had delivered the message to the duck hunter, but was heading east instead of back to our position here at Fort Morris. This is a mystery to us and we are not sure that Red Leaf is being truthful.

Oh, that we could have all of our company safe with us as we once were before the troubles began! Now, may God bless you all on this Sabbath day and keep you safe. Make haste for the rendezvous at Loudoun. On to Fort Frederick!

God Save the King!
Cpl. Malcolm MacWilliam

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