Francis Scott lead a more exciting life than most people in the 1800's.
He travelled to Newfoundland and parts of the U.K. He chose
the military as his father, William Scott, had before him. Indeed, another
brother, William Scott Jr. also joined Her Majesty's forces.William travelled
to India,South Africa as well as parts of England. My ancestor,
Charles Scott, took a more sedate course in his life. He emigrated from
northern England to New Brunswick to farm. For many years, Francis corresponded
with his brother in New Brunswick. The first letters were written from
where he was stationed in southern England.
Finally, Later he wrote a letter from Newfoundland
recounting the events that took place there. His letters were always interesting
and tell us a lot about him.He was a stauch Protestant and it shows in his
letters. Did Francis have a chance to see his brother
when he was stationed in Newfoundland, a few hundred miles from his brother?
I do not know.
The first letter I have from Francis was written in southern England. Francis was stationed near Brighton. He writes to his father . I do not think he cared much for army life at first. He says he reads but his spelling does not show any sign of this.
Another letter he writes says that he has found out that his brother William is stationed a few miles away from him. He decides that his brother is not suited for army life and asks his commanding officer to discharge William. When he meets William's wife he does not approve of her. He suspects that she is a Roman Catholic. This would account for why she is not a proper wife for his brother. A third letter is written to his mother. He says that he is glad that she is still alive and reminds her that it is only time before she is food for the worms. Ever the diplomat, Francis writes another letter, this time from Newfoundland. Here he recounts the story of a prostitute and her wayward boyfriend. Their negligence results in a death. This again is accountable to their being Roman Catholics and not having proper morals.