Just as I feared, all that I predicted in my last letter has come true. I have been found guilty of treason in a secret trial and await sentencing. I know not what news about my circumstances have reached the outside world, but my heart aches at the shame I fear you have had to face because of me.
I managed to bribe a guard and can only hope this letter has reached you safely. If you’re reading this my love, once again I beg for your forgiveness, but as a man of honor I had no choice but to stand up for the truth. I wear my country’s uniform with pride but could not blindly follow orders that contradicted my moral values.
Abigail dear, I doubt we will ever meet again and so I say my last, painful goodbye.
I selfishly ask you not to ever forget me but to also find another who will keep you forever happy.
Elliot James McLeod.
I didn’t want to submit to the army and then, on the day of judgment, have God say to me, ‘Why did you do that?’ This life is a trial, and you realize that what you do is going to be written down for Judgment Day – Muhammad Ali (boxer)