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Collections - Letters

Letters of Lieutenant Colonel Charles Bevan, 1804-1811.

Letter Number 5

Addressed to Captain Bevan, 28th Regiment, Launceston

Dated 3 Aug 1804

My dear Bevan,

Tho I am oppressed with Business at this moment, yet I cannot delay one moment in returning you the most flat Denial to the most wicked and Scandalous Falsehood that Ever was fabricated. I beseech you to contradict it & Endeavour if possible to trace the Author of it, who depend upon it has some Evil Designs in view. These are amongst the many pitifull & base attempts which our Enemies employ to sow Distrust, & the mind of Every Individual should be occupied with the counteraction of them. My fury has made me forget to tell you that it is with regard to the Shamefull & false Report of the 9th Regiment that I am speaking. In haste Believe me my dear Bevan

Ever very Sincerely Yours
Edward Paget


Aug 3rd

Brown is arrived

I will write to you tomorrow if possible

[Overleaf in a different hand]

My Dr Charles. I am just arrived and was much mortified to find you was not here but I hope your command will soon be over and that I shall soon take you by the hand

V.F. Brown


NOTES BY TRANSCRIBER

i) Paget is Maj Gen Edward Paget then commanding a Brigade. He had taken CB as his Brigade Major after Alexandria when he was promoted. Paget was seriously wounded in the shoulder early in the Battle of Alexandria. Bevan had been seriously wounded by a rolling cannon ball a few days earlier. Perhaps they recuperated aboard the same ship.
ii) 9th Foot later Royal Norfolk Regiment
iii) V.F. Brown not identified
 

 

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