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The Drake Letters
 
William Henry Drake (Balaklava) № 49 - Louisa Drake (London), 19 - 20 February 1855
№ 49 Balaklava 19 Feby 1855. 1
 
My dear Lu,
 
        Nothing new has taken place here since my last, The Russ have continued to fire Shot & Shell almost incessantly, doing little damage to either English or French   The Russians lately attacked the Town of Eupatoria in considerable force – It is in the hands of the Turks who defeated the Russians. Killed 160 on the first rush & drove them off pushing them some 4 miles taking some Waggons Artillery limbers & prisoners but no guns – this Victory tho’ Small will be very encouraging to all   It will give the Turks heart, help to give our people & the French spirit & tend to discourage the Russians besides helping materially to cut off his communication with Perekop & the main Source of reinforcing his Army. This will I hope help the peace – As it does not hurt the pride of the Emperor 2 but effects [sic] his Army here – There are rumors that Sir J Burgoyne 3 goes home & Genls. Airey & Estcourt the Qr. Master & Adjt. Genl.   The former is much disliked & considered very inefficient   report also says Genl. Jones 4 just come out differs from Sir J. Burgoyne 5 as to the mode in which our guns have been placed but these rumors are mostly fudge – Genl Jones says he thinks well of our prospects of taking the City [Sevastopol] but When! is the Question – They are getting up a heavy 15 Gun battery nearer to the City & Shot & Shell are to go up for it tomorrow –
 
I met Lord Rokeby 6 today I saw him frequently in England & he claimed acquaintance here   He was very civil – I have not heard anything about Dr. Marshall 7 since he left this for Scutari sick – Mr. C. C. Read 8 I see frequently – he is well   I believe the Guards 9 are coming down to Balaklava in a Day or two & I suppose I shall see him more frequently – De Lisles 10 threatened visit has not yet taken effect –
 
There is a Singular old gentleman out here (called a Govt. Spy) why I don’t know   his name is Smith 11    his poking about may be the cause as he is a great diver into mysteries & constantly asking questions – his name is Smith, a Coz. of Admiral Dundas 12 Uncle to Miss Nightingale 13 altogether a very curious person Known to all bigwigs here & knowing many at home – He has taken a wonderful fancy to me as I was civil to him when first we came here – Miss Nightingale is doing much good at the Hospital, because she is very clever & writes well & corresponding with Mrs. Sir Herbert 14 for the Queens 15 information 16 – The Doctors are Kept on the alert & fear & hate her most cordially. I mean the young gallipot 17 unlicked plaister plaster Scrapers 18 just let loose to torture poor fellows & call it Medical Men attending the Sick & Wounded – I should be sorry to trust my horses back to their Care
 
Our harbour is so crowded with Ships with Huts & Warm Clothing they quite impede the landing of Supplies for the Army & Huts encumber the whole Wharf & Village – they have become quite a nuisance
 
The Russian fire is very heavy tonight & the wind being favorable it Shakes my doors & Windows at every discharge   They are expected to attack our lines daily – Sir Colin Campbell 19 is throwing up inner entrenchments & says if they give him a Week’s fine weather Balaklava would be safe with half the number of men now defending it – So as they are adding to the men we may consider it tolerably Secure from any Successful   Attack   We have the Leander 50, 20 Firebrand 21 Vesuvius, 22 Wasp 23 & Diamond 24 Men of War in Harbor – Love to all & plenty of kisses from
 
Your affectionate Hub
W. H. Drake

  [Written across the page.] 20th. during the night a very heavy gale doing injury to Shipping and a very heavy fall of Snow.
 
9 A.M. it is still blowing very strongly indeed   This will probably cause this packet to be late & only arrive together with the next.
 
W. H. D.



William Simpson: Huts and warm clothing

Huts and Warm Clothing for the Army, by William Simpson.
from Central University Libraries, Southern Methodist University
 
http://digitalcollections.smu.edu/cdm/ref/collection/eaa/id/1363, accessed 6 May 2015.



 
 
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Footnotes
 
1. Private family manuscript (Judith Hall and Sally Mac, Auckland, New Zealand).
 
2. Nicholas I, Tsar of Russia.
 
3. Chief Engineer, Sir John Burgoyne.
 
4. General Sir Harry David Jones.
 
5. Chief Engineer, Sir John Burgoyne.
 
6. Major General Henry Robinson-Montagu, 6th Baron Rokeby.
 
7. Dr.John Marshall.
 
8. Surgeon Constantine Caridi Read.
 
9. 1st Grenadier Regiment of Foot Guards.
 
10. Surgeon Richard Francis Valpy De Lisle.
 
11. Samuel Smith, who married the sister of Florence Nightingale’s father.
 
12. Admiral Sir James Whitley Deans Dundas.
 
13. Florence Nightingale.
 
14. Mary Elisabeth Herbert, wife of Sir Sidney Herbert.
 
15. Queen Victoria.
 
16. The Queen, apparently, was deeply moved by what Florence Nightingale accomplished at Scutari, and enquired repeatedly about her welfare. She asked to see her accounts of the wounded, and made her the intermediary between the throne and the troops. “Let Mrs. Herbert know,” she wrote to the War Minister, “that I wish Miss Nightingale and the ladies would tell these poor noble, wounded, and sick men that no one takes a warmer interest or feels more for their sufferings or admires their courage and heroism more than their Queen. Day and night she things of her beloved troops. So does the Prince. Beg Mrs. Herbert to communicate these my words to those ladies, as I know that our sympathy is much valued by these noble fellows.” [L. Strachey, Florence Nightingale, (London, 1938), p. 29.]
 
17. Gallipot: An apothecary. [E. Partridge, A dictionary of historical slang, p. 358.]
 
18. Scraper: A barber. [Ibid, p. 807.]
 
19. Sir Colin Campbell, Lord Clyde.
 
20. Leander, 50, Capt. G. St. Vincent King, 1841 (date of commission of Officer in Command), Mediterranean. [“Royal Navy in commission”, in Colburn’s united service magazine, Pt. 1, (London, 1855), p. 149.]
 
21. Firebrand, 6, st.-vessel, Capt. W. Moorsom, 1851, Mediterranean. [Ibid.]
 
22. Vesuvius, 6, st.-vessel, Com. R. A. Powell, 1851, Mediterranean. [Ibid, p. 150.]
 
23. Wasp, 14, screw-sloop, Com. Lord J. Hay, 1851, Mediterranean. [Ibid.]
 
24. Diamond, 28, Captain W. Peel, 1849, Medit. [Ibid, p. 148.]
 
 
 

 
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Drake Letters Index 59. Drake to Louisa 16 February 1855 ◄ ● ► 61. Drake to Louisa 23 February 1855