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Drake Letters Index 81. General Simpson to Lord Panmure 2 October 1855 ◄ ● ► 83. Drake to John and Maria Drake 13 November 1855
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William Henry Drake (Balaklava) № 116 – John and Maria Drake (London), 10 November 1855
№ 116 Balaclava
Nov 10th 1855 1
 
My dear Father & Mother,
 
        We received your two sets of letters 23 to 28th Oct this morning just in time to acknowledge   I have been kept all the morning with Sir George 2 & he has not said anything about my affair so I suppose as yet no reply has been vouchsaved [sic] to the begging petition. 3 I suppose the Ladies 4 will tell you of our doings amon [sic] the Great Ladies here. They really are nice motherly bodies, very kindhearted & full of Lady Bountiful ideas. Sir W. Codrington 5 our new Commander of the Forces has, since Sir G. Brown 6 left, commanded the Light Division & before that had a Brigade in it. He arrived in Bulgaria a Captain in the Guards & Colonel by Brevet, now a Lieut General – K.C.B. and Commr of the Forces. I fear Barnard 7 will go home but I hope he will take a Division & remain. He spoke to me about it & as far as I could I gave counsel for the Division. Sir R Airey also goes home almost directly & Colonel Wetherall 8 then becomes Q.M.G. The Mil Secy Colonel Steele 9 would have made a first rate Q.M.G. & afterwards a good General. Tomorrow we shall drink your health in champagne. 10 Midwood 11 will help me do it justice. Captain Mitchell 12 Grenadier Guards is a very nice little fellow. The younger son 13 has gone to Scutari sick. His regt the Kings Dragoon Gds have also gone there to winter.
 

With love to all, Believe me,
Yours affectionate son,
W. H. Drake.

 
 
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Footnotes
 
1. This letter was transcribed by Brig. A. C. F. Jackson. I have not seen the original, nor a copy of the original, only a copy of the transcript.
 
2. CG Sir George Maclean.
 
3. See 79. Drake to Maclean, 23 September 1855 and subsequent correspondence.
 
4. Henry’s wife, Louisa Drake, and his daughter, Louisa Maria.
 
5. General Sir William John Codrington succeeded Lt.-Gen. Sir James Simpson as Commander in Chief of the British Army in the Crimea.
 
6. General Sir George Brown.
 
7. Major General Henry William Barnard. [Transcribed as Burrard.]
 
8. Cololnel Edward Robert Wetherall.
 
9. Colonel Thomas Montague Steele.
 
10. The next day was Henry’s father’s 73rd birthday.
 
11. ACG Thomas Wroot Midwood.
 
12. Captain Alexander Mitchell.
 
13. Captain Thomas John Mitchell.
 
 
 

 
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Drake Letters Index 81. General Simpson to Lord Panmure 2 October 1855 ◄ ● ► 83. Drake to John and Maria Drake 13 November 1855