French and Indian War veteran writes about militia duty in Revolutionary War
May 11, 1773
Wait Hotchkiss was 39 years old when this was written.
Wait Hotchkiss died 26 years, 5 months, 4 days after writing it.
It was written 245 years, 8 months, 12 days ago.
It was a Tuesday.
May the 10 day, year 1773
Onered father and mother. We would remember our duty to you and our love to brothers and sisters and all enquiring frinds & hope these lins will find you well as thay leave us and all your frinds hear well. I have a surprising death to tell you of which hapend amungst us on Munday last, it being training day early in (the) morning. A man was axedentily shot into his bowels so that his bowels came out and he died befor sun set. The gun was loden. A warning to all that hear of it to poot no wads upon their powder upon training day. No mor pesant so I remain your loving son.
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