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Drake Letters Index 39. Drake to Louisa 22 December 1854 ◄ ● ► 41. Drake to Louisa 29 December 1854
The Drake Letters
 
William Henry Drake (Balaklava) № 31 - Louisa Drake (London), 25 - 26 December 1854
№ 31 Christmas Day 1
1854. 2
 
My dear Lu,
 
        I hope if not a merry you have passed a quiet, happy & comfortable Xmas – we have a sharp frosty clear morning to cheer us   We begin to look out for our promotion for the Year & I need not say how anxious I am about it   Today a mail is due that of the 8 unless it was the letters by that we got two days ago if so another is due on the 27th. By my last I sent 2nd of Treasury Bill omitted before & 1st of Lieut. Venables 3 Bill for £30. I shall Send with this 2nd of Venables Bill & 1st of Bill Capt. W Moorsom R.N. 4 on Barclay, Bevan & Co. for £50. –
 
26th. I dined yesterday with Mr. Filder D.C.G. Adams & A.C.G. Archer 5 were the party. Routh 6 & Carpenter 7 invited but they entertained at home
 
We had a good dinner – Soup – Boiled Turkey – Roast Mutton, Queen’s own Pig – Pease pudding Potatoes – Plumb pudding Coffee Creams! Sherry Champagne Porter – I had several invitations from Captains of Ships & others & have provoker [sic] for some days to come
 
Just got so far when a civil note from Mr. Filder informing me that the mail days were now changed & that one closed today at 12. So I shall have to close this hastily. By letting you know I am quite well & will write more fully by the Mail three days hence
 
With love to all believe me
 

Your affectionate Hub
W. H. Drake

 
 
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Footnotes
 
1. Private family manuscript (Judith Hall and Sally Mac, Auckland, New Zealand).
 
2. Henry’s Journal entry for 25 December 1854 reads: “Christmas Day. Up at 7. I heartily wish all at home a happy, or at least comfortable, Xmas. White frost, & fine. Dined with Mr. Filder.”
 
3. Lt. Cavendish Venables, 57th West Middlesex Regiment of Foot.
 
4. Firebrand, 6, st.-vessel, Capt. W. Moorsom, 1851, Mediterranean. [“Stations of the Royal Navy in commission”, in Colburn’s united service magazine, Pt. 1, (London, 1855), p. 149.]
 
5. ACG William Spearman Archer.
 
6. ACG Leonce Routh.
 
7. ACG Frederick Stanley Carpenter.
 
 
 

 
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Drake Letters Index 39. Drake to Louisa 22 December 1854 ◄ ● ► 41. Drake to Louisa 29 December 1854