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Letters of Lieutenant Colonel Charles Bevan, 1804-1811.

Letter Number 53

Dated: 3rd October 1810 from CB Ceuta
Addressed to Mrs C Bevan, Money Hill, Rickmansworth, Herts

My dearest Mary, I am still all anxiety to hear the destination of my friend Colonel Wynch as I begin to think that it is to that I must look for as the arbiter of my destiny – we have several reports about them here; where mostly they are going – some directly to Spain, others that they are going to Portugal and others that they are to stay at home; and which of these if the more probably I know not, if they go abroad I imagine Wynch must be Brigadier. However I am almost “weary of conjecture”.

--This Battalion is really getting very heartily sick – we may look forward to a change of quarters – I do not think this is likely to take place very soon, probably their winter quarters will be Ceuta and in that case I hope – will be in England. I am most heartily tired of this dog hole, indeed I can only look to one point where be any hope of happiness: if therefore I am not there, and where that is I leave you to imagine, it is immaterial where I am especially that the active choice of my profession must be in all points of being most desirable – I am happy to get which contained good accounts of your health – God grant that it may continue – many, many years – I am very well but I should be better at home. – The weather now is very sultry, the Autumn of this climate. – We however mostly expect rain that will cool the atmosphere and I hope we may enjoy the luxury of feeling cold – Not quite quite so cold as it was at White Hall – But one is never satisfied – so you will tell me – Good accounts of our dear Boys are such as to give me much pleasure; I gave no fear of their doing otherwise How well at their age under the eyes of so good a Mother – by-the-bye Mama must not indulge too much. My Mother and sisters are, I hope, very comfortable in – near the sea – Did they invite you or yours or any of yours? It would give me much pleasure to find that they would persevere a little for me to the more solid qualities of feeling and affection – But prejudices grow with us, round the world alas! They are weeds of a quicker maturity than some other plants than I could name, - I wish I could forget that day of Chenies It has given me great annoyance –

(new cross written page – lead in obscure)

Your Mother and feeling (?) - ~But she and My Wife are, I trust, well and now happy to be a family circle – If we had a house in the neighbourhood with the desired!

Mrs Eleanor Heard lately from Paterson – in the next country to me and I do not know how to send a letter to him.

We are however, too good friends to quarrel about letters –
Kiss all my little Boys for me well I send best love to all your family
God Bless you my dearest Mary,

I am always most affectionately Your own C.B.


i) Wynch etc – In letter 50 Cb had heard of a large new promotion list but had not seen it. He hoped it would include Wynch, C.O. 1st Bn 4th Ft who had been promised a Brigade – and CB was then to succeed him in the 1/4th Ft
ii) ‘Weary of Conjecture’ sounds Shakespearean but does not leap from the Quotation Dictionary
iii) My Mother – CB has a never ending complaint against his Mother & sisters for doing nothing for Mary – they sound dreary and bad mannered
iv) Eleanor – Mary’s sister who had married CB’s friend Paterson of 28th, which Regiment was in Gibraltar/Tarifa
v) Chenies – Not identified




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