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February 26th 1709

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A letter from the boy Lord George Murray

Lord George Murray, aged fourteen, writes to his father the Duke of Atholl.

“I received your Grace’s letter and very willing to be as good a soldier as lies in my power because it is your Grace’s will which I am bound to obey and also think that it is my great happiness to do. My class got a new book named Horace which your Grace will be pleased to send down if in the Library otherwise it must be bought in Edinburgh. Comet Murray brought my sword from Edinburgh but I want a sword belt which are sold in this town if your Grace will allow it to be bought. The money I received from your Grace is almost done. I shall send an account in next letter and how it was spent. A copy of your Grace’s letter shall be sent per next and you will be pleased to excuse me for not sending it now because I will lose my lesson.” 

Lord George Murray was to prove in the rising of 1745 to be a very good soldier indeed.

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