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Drake Letters Index 47. Drake to Louisa 14 January 1855 ◄ ● ► 49. Drake to Louisa 18 January 1855
The Drake Letters
 
Dr. Richard Francis Valpy de Lisle (4th Regiment) - William Henry Drake (Balaklava), January 1855
Many congratulations, old gentleman, on your promotion. I only heard of it yesterday from Brownrigg. 1 I am delighted you have received your deserts – I wish I could go and see you but am here alone in camp – with about 130 patients to see twice a day besides numerous [sp?] &c. &c. and a second establishment of about 56 at the General Hospital. I have seen Webb 2 twice lately and am sorry he has not got his promotion. 3
 
Connell 4 our Qr. Master is waiting for this – so goodbye old fellow.
 
Yrs. ever
R V de Lisle 5

 
 
 
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Footnotes
 
1. DACG Henry John Broderick Brownrigg.
 
2. DACG George Joseph Webb.
 
3. This dates the undated note well, as it was written after Henry was promoted to DCG on 1 January 1855. Webb was not promoted. It is interesting to note that De Lisle wrote this note to Drake on black-edged paper, that usually used when notifying deaths. Maybe, as a doctor, this was the only paper De Lisle had to hand, as he probably wrote many letters of condolence.
 
4. Quartermaster William Connell, 4th (The King’s Own) Regiment of Foot.
 
5. Dr. Richard Francis Valpy De Lisle, surgeon of the 4th (The King’s Own) Regiment of Foot. It is interesting that he was writing on note paper with a black border, traditionally used when the bearer of bad tidings, or in a period of mourning. It suggests to me that this is the kind of paper he used most in his role as surgeon of the regiment.
 
 
 

 
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Drake Letters Index 47. Drake to Louisa 14 January 1855 ◄ ● ► 49. Drake to Louisa 18 January 1855