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The Drake Letters
 
William Henry Drake (Balaklava) № 40 - Louisa Drake (London), 19 January 1855
№ 40 Balaklava 19 Jany '55 1
 
My dear Lu,
 
        A Special bag being made up which they say will catch the Mail at Constantinople I just at once began another Scrawl, not that anything has occurred since yesterday but to let you have the latest “all’s well”   tonight or tomorrow we may expect another Mail bringing news to the 5th as the last brought the Times of the 1st to Mr. Filder in our Bag. It is very singular they refused all newspapers & that you sent was the only one wh. came except those for Mr. F which are considered Official & paid for by the Govt. so go on sending as long as they do not object, because it is merely a Crotchet of some of the new men 2 of the War Department perhaps “my Friend” himself 3
 
I have been taken off from this so have only time to say alls well at 4 P.M.
 

Your Affectionate
Hub
W. H. Drake

 
 
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Footnotes
 
1. Private family manuscript (Judith Hall and Sally Mac, Auckland, New Zealand).
 
2. The responsibility for the Commissariat had recently been shifted from the Treasury to the War Department.
 
3. In his previous letter, William Henry Drake (Balaklava) #39 – Louisa Drake (London) (18 Janaury 1855), Henry referred to the Duke of Newcastle as “my friend”. Henry Pelham Pelham-Clinton, 5th Duke of Newcastle, was Secretary of State for War from June 1854 to February 1855.
 
 
 

 
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Drake Letters Index 49. Drake to Louisa 18 January 1855 ◄ ● ► 51. Drake to Louisa 22 January 1855