THE BUILDING OF THE FORTS
FRANKLIN was to remain eighteen days at Gnädenhutten, and his routine is to be pieced together from scraps of information given in his own letters, from the account of Thomas Lloyd, and from the reports brought back to Bethlehem by the Moravian teamsters and entered in the Diary of the Brotherhood. Some light comes from overseas in an unexpected Scottish narrative, a gust from the Highlands mingling with the pine-scented blasts of the Pennsylvania mountains. Peter Williamson, the Indian captive, the recital of whose woes thrilled our forefathers in two hemispheres, was born and bred in the historic town of Aberdeen. The neighbors described him as "A long, stourie, bumbleheaded loon, very ill to guide and very rough till he got clothes." "Some years before the battle of Culloden," as he tells us, he was kidnapped in true Stevensonian style and sold into slavery in Pennsylvania. His vessel was wrecked
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Publication information: Book title: General Benjamin Franklin:The Military Career of a Philosopher. Contributors: J. Bennett Nolan - Author. Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press. Place of publication: Philadelphia. Publication year: 1936. Page number: 74.
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