Posted by Corporal Malcolm A. MacWilliam on April 16, 2000 at 21:07:31:
I write this message hurriedly for we are in sight of Fort Loudoun by the Conocochegue Creek. It is a small fort with four raised bastions. A stockade worthy of a supply dump but not much more. On our way here we traveled past the stockade and small settlement of Benjamin Chambers, an interesting man, who has had bad dealings with the provincial government, some such trouble over two swivel guns.
I have understood there is some running arguement between my brother Davey Gunn and yourself concerning a certain kilted shadow that was seen near Two Bottle. Now, we must remember that there are vows between Two Bottle and Three Tales, so my brother Gunn would never think of compromising the love between a woman and one of our cousins. Just a reminder, that Uncle Angus wears a kilt and he does grow tiresome of his sheep at times and wishes for the company of a woman. Possibly a little slap and tickle with Two Bottle occurred, but I swear on the blood of St. Andrew that nothing more would Mistress Bottle allow, not even from one of our Uncles. However, you may want to keep on eye on Uncle Quasi around this red haired lass! Ahhh, and the new mystery of the look alike cousins continue. Just this morning as we were marching out of the gates of Morris to come here to Loudoun, Mistress Campbell mistook my lovely countenance for that of cousin Flags. They say there is a marked resemblance when he is not wearing his tricorn and me without my wig and bonnet.
One bit of news of concern. We have lost wee John MacKay. It seems that the lad strayed from the trail as we marched here to Loudoun. We are not sure if he has been abducted by the savage Shawnee or if he stumbled into a sink hole somewhere. We searched the area for about an hour, but were ordered onward without success. I must hasten now for Calsious Shattoe, the retired Sgt., has begun to unload the baggage carts and horses as we tend to stay here at Loudoun for about a week before traveling on to Fort Frederick. I believe we probably just missed you and Uncle Quasi's presence at Morris. But our hopes are that we will see you soon enough.
God Save the King! On to Frederick! Pax Aye!
Cpl. Malcolm A. MacWilliam, 77th Grenadiers
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