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Letter from Donald Cameron, son of Cameron of Fassifern
to his brother, Ewen Cameron
regarding the Storming of Quebec
October 30, 1759

My Dear Brother

This is my first Letter to you since I left Greenock, and the Reason is Because I had nothing to say till now.  We arrived at Virginia the twentieth of June 1759 after a long and tedious Pasage and from Virginia we ware Ordered for York, and from York up the River to Albonay, where we parted with Captain Campbes Componay, then we ware Ordered Down that same River to York again and from York to Luisbrough, and up the River Sant Lawrence to the Sage of Quebeck.  We arrived in Camp before Quebeck September the 3 and we came time enowch to see everything that was Done and one of the most Glorious Battles that ever was fought in America, General Wolf Comander in Chief of our Army Ordered us all up the river above the Town for the Town lies on the side of a hill and Close to the River and on the 13 we landed on the other side and that with little or no loss. after we landed we got our men Drawn up on the top of hill in the order of Battle.  General Montcalum as son as he he heard of our Landing Ordered all his troops, that wer encamped at Benport, to March and Drive us of, and he himself cam along with them, but great was his Surprise when he saw us Drawn up in the Order of Battle and Redy to receive him. upon which he Drew up his Men and began the Attack.  He gave us three full fires befor we returned the Complement but our second fire brok the Enemy and Put in the greatest Confusion Imagenable.  They Advanced within Bayonet Length of us before they gave way, we Pursued them up to the very Walls and some of the men Actualay took Prisoners from within the Walls.  The Army in General behaved themselvs with extrordinary Spirit but without Partiality our Regement Did there Part Macking with ther Broad Swords and Pursuing them to the very City.  You may Consider with what Pleasure we toock in Pursuing those Rascalls.  A great Deal mor than a few Writer Lads would take about a Dozen of Rolls and a Quert of Ale.  But for our Comfor an after this Glorious Victory we have got Quebeck for out Winter Quarters and I asure you I would like as wel to be on the top of Benevas.

But I wish the folwing News was as good as the former, the very Day that I arived here which was the 3 of September Dungalon dyed.  I came time Enouch to see him Interd and that was all.  Hew Cameron who is now Capt took care of all his things and saw every thing Roped but his Silver hulted Sword and Goold Wach and Ring.  I have his Ring at Present till such time as Glendesry calls for it but I hop I will get from Glendeseray which if I do I will send it home to you.  I Suppose Glendesery himself goes hom this Winter which if he Does you can see him yourself and Perhaps the Goold Wach for Glendesery is on of his own.  I have also got a very Prety Tuse Mounted with Silver which if I had an oportunity I would Send home to you.  I took it of the field of Battle. ther is a great Deal of Promotion Now in our Regement.  Ronald Mcdonald Capock has got a Compony, and so has Hugh Cameron and Glengarays Brother is Capt Lieutenant, and I am now of Capt Camerons Componay for the Officers are Put into Diferent Companys.  I am very sory that I obleged to truble my Father with that Bill of 40 Pound but I asure you Dear Ewen, that I was Obleged to do it of if I had not Don it I would be oblegged to Sell out rather to be put under Stopages at 18d per Diem when my whole pay is but 36 for we dont get Arears in this Country and if my Father will be so Indulgent as to Pay I asure you that it will be the last of the kind that ever I will truble him with and I belive after the first Year is over that I can lay by a little Money and I asure you altho I take 6 Years to make up the Sum to my Father that I will Do it.  For things are so very Dear hear that it .....

I have no mor to truble you with but I am

PS Capt Cameron My Dear Ewen

Desires to be remembered Your very Affectionat

Brother Donald Cameron

Editor's Notes:  The original document is held in the vaults of National Library of Scotland, in Edinburgh.  It was found during the refurbishment of the Fassifern property and passed on to the NLS for preservation.  The original spelling has been left intact.