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The Drake Letters
 
The Standard (London), 26 December 1854
 
We (Cork Constitution) are glad to be enabled to state that Constable James Vickers, commissariat storekeeper to the army in camp, late of the city of Cork constabulary, is not dead, as had been reported some weeks since, as will be seen by the following letter directed to a gentleman in this city:-
 
“Simpheropol, Crimea, Nov. 4.
“Sir, - I have to inform you that on the 24th ult. Assistant Commissary Drake granted me permission to go from Balaklava to see Sebastopol. Mr. John McCarthy accompanied me, and on our return in the evening a party of about twelve Cossacks belonging to the Russian army met us on the public road and took us prisoners. We were subsequently escorted here by a number of light dragoons. The governor here is very considerate, and the Russian officers treated us very kindly on the march. The ladies of this town visit us frequently, bringing presents of fruit, tea, &c., to the soldiers.
 
                      “Hoping that circumstances may soon admit of my return, I remain, your obedient servant,
 
“JAMES VICKERS.”
[The Standard (London, England), Tuesday, December 26, 1854; Issue 9480.]
 
 
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