24 of June, year of our Lord 1763
Fort Pitt, America
My dearest Kathy:
As a British officer and a Christian, I can not condone orders given today. Pontiac and his red heathens bedevil us, but we are to fight them as cowards. The Major-General gave me secret orders to procure a solider infected and healed to leave small-poxed blankets for the Indian to find. Those we can not kill in battle as honourable Englishmen, we shall slay in dishonour with disease.*
*this is a composite based on known, suggested/discussed, and suspected use of blankets infected with small pox to eliminate the Native population. With no immunity, entire tribes died before ever seeing a European as the disease spread ahead of colonization along the eastern seaboard.