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Drake Letters Index 68. Department Order 16 March 1855 ◄ ● ► 70. The Times 10 April 1855
The Drake Letters
 
Daily News (London), 3 April 1855
 
MANAGEMENT IN THE CRIMEA. (FROM AN OCCASIONAL CORRESPONDENT.) BALAKLAVA, MARCH 21. … Commissary-General Drake took possession of one of the best houses in Balaklava, after it had been ransacked in every possible way. Some time after he was astonished by a visit from a number of ladies, the former occupants, who politely asked if they might take any of their property still left. Feeling certain there was nothing he readily granted permission, when to his surprise they removed the stone from the threshold, and took a quantity of plate and dresses. [Daily News (London, England), Tuesday, April 3, 1855; Issue 2768.]
 

 
 
WH Drake Journal
 
Then, unfortunately, there is quite a gap in the letters Henry wrote from the Crimean War. Whether the family decided not to keep the letters he wrote after McNeill and Tulloch arrived, I don’t know. There are a few still extant, which are included here. Unfortunately I have not always seen the originals, merely transcripts.
 
I will also be dipping into the transcript of his Journal every now and then, when important events occur, either during the Crimean War, or in his family life, to show Henry’s reaction to these events, albeit in a very cursory fashion.
 
The numbers preceding the date in some of his Journal entries show how many days had passed since the siege of Sebastopol had commenced. – MS.
 

 
152 – March 17. Up at 7. Finished letters to Lu & sent check for £10. … Wrote to Mr. Wilson 1 about Lord Palmerston’s Speech 20 Feby. 55. 2
 
164 – March 29. Up at 7. Received letters from Lu of 15th, the C.G. 3 dtd. 14th. 1 Year since I left Boston by the Arabian.
 
 
 
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Footnotes
 
1. DCG Wilson, financial secretary of the Treasury.
 
2. Lord Palmerston’s speech of 19 February (published in The Times (London, England) of 20 February) caused quite a stir among the Commissaries, who wrote a “remonstrance” to The Times, published on 10 April 1855 (see the following document). Members of the medical fraternity, who also felt maligned by Palmerson’s speech, used the medical journals to complain. The most powerful of these was an excoriating editorial in the Association Medical Journal. [Association Medical Journal, No. 123, New Series, edited by John Rose Cormack, M.D., London, Friday evening, May 11, 1855, p. 431-433. Google Books.]
 
3. Henry’s father, retired CG John Drake.
 
 
 

 
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Drake Letters Index 68. Department Order 16 March 1855 ◄ ● ► 70. The Times 10 April 1855