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Letters of Lieutenant Colonel Charles Bevan, 1804-1811.
Letter Number 38
Dated: 18th May 1810 from CB Ceuta
Addressed to Mrs C Bevan, Money Hill, Rickmansworth, Herts
At length, my dearest Mary, I have received your letters by the latest
of which I find you and I alike ignorant of our having been sent from
Gibraltar: I can not at all account for this delay in my letters
reaching you, but if I am to judge by the timing, yours are on the way
hither. I certainly have two reasons to be impressed. I am glad to find
your Mother is so much better and that you will take great care of
yourself until I can come home and take care of you – I had hoped with
my letters to have told you I had sent some Money home but our Paymaster
is not returned from Gibraltar where he was to make the arrangements for
me and here there is no opportunity of doing anything of the kind;. But
you know I should not forget to the utmost of my ability, now and ever
So everything is decided about your Brother’s marriage - God prosper it.
I am very much obliged to you for your news about the Persian
Ambassador. There is a Miss Julia at Gibraltar, daughter to the General
of Artillery – I am told a most beautiful girl, I never had the honour
to see her, her Brother, a Lt of Artillery is here. – We get on
indifferently in Ceuta, I live in hopes that we shall be ordered to some
other Quarter very soon, we shall be ready in a month’s time to go any
where – The Spaniards hate the sight of us, and I do not greatly wonder
thereat, for we are English. General Fraser is still without a house &
still without his Family – All this is known to the Spaniards – you may
judge therefore from this solitary instance how much they are inclined
to accommodate – One poor man who has his wife & daughter here, an
officer from Victory, is literally obliged to live in a soldier’s tent
pitched among the green ------
I am most sincerely glad that Eleanor is not coming to Gibraltar. I am
sure it would only have been productive of wretchedness -- ??? do ???
the extreme heat of this climate would ---- with her – The
Commissioner’s family even, and he has by far the best house on the Rock
of Gibraltar, are going home to avoid the summer.
I wish I was also, but there are a great many things ---- that are quite
likely to come to pass – I had some letters from Caroline and from Julia
– I shall write to them immediately, but this hot weather rely makes one
unfit to do any thing – I begin to think that the Spaniards have a very
natural life and I begin to long very much to go to England. – But what
can I do? Your answer to this will I know be – do your duty – So I will,
if possible in all situations of my life – Though I have a tolerable
good task before me – but with good help and your good nature I shall do
a great deal. I’ll --- & offer my words ???
I shall write again in a few days – Kiss our Boys for me and give my
best love to your family, to Mrs Shaw, & to my Mama & sisters.
My regards attend Capt and Mrs Dacres. I suppose by this time there is
such a lady.
I am always yours C.B.
Ceuta May 18th 1810
NOTES BY TRANSCRIBER
i) Brother’s marriage – James married a Miss Dalrymple – CB seems not to
have approved. She may have been connected with the General Huw D.
Responsible for the Cintra Convention Constitution; subsequently became
ii) Gen Fraser – probably Alexander Frazer who commanded a Division at
Fuentes D’Onoro at this time GOC Ceuta
iii) Eleanor – Mary’s sister recently married Capt Charles Paterson 38th
Ft – CB’s close friend
iv) Caroline & Julia – CB’s sisters
Mrs Shaw – CB’s cousin from whom he hoped to inherit – and his children
did have a substantia
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