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Letters of Lieutenant Colonel Charles Bevan, 1804-1811.

Letter Number 27

Dated: 9 Feb 1810 from CB Portsmouth
Addressed to Mrs C Bevan, Mrs Dacres, Money Hill, Rickmansworth, Herts

I tell(?) , my dearest Mary, is our fate undetermined or at least unknown to us What tomorrow may bring nobody can guess. Surely if we were to land, they would sure please the poor men on board in such desperate weather Perhaps after all we may proceed quickly to our original destination I am quite worn out with why and fray over this subject as I have written to you regularly every day you will not want a long letter In truth I have nothing to say except that there is a talk here of peace this I only mention because I have nothing else to say, not because I put the least confidence in such a report When you next write pray tell me have you written to our Cousin of Inglewood and what have you said I am going to write but wait until I know our certain destination and am quite sure her good heart would feel much pleasure in hearing any news relating to us that appears favourable God Bless her I hope she is better as well as Lady Williams

Pray give my love to all at Money Hill, and believe me always
Most faithfully and affectionately,
Your C.B.

Portsmouth February 9


i) CB is still waiting for a favourable wind to take him out of Portsmouth with 2nd Bb 4th Foot to which he had recently transferred on promotion to Lieut Colonel. Originally bound for Ceuta but Admiral had also been told to hold the convoy
ii) Cousin of Inglewood Mrs Shaw with a large estate on the Kennet River near Reading from whom he evidently had expectations and she did indeed bequeath the house to his children
iii) Lady Williams mentioned similarly elsewhere, but not identified


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