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Letters of Lieutenant Colonel Charles Bevan, 1804-1811.
Letter Number 49
Dated: 24th August 1810 from CB Ceuta
Addressed to Mrs C Bevan, Money Hill, Rickmansworth, Herts
The packet for which I am most anxiously waiting has been immeasurably
backward in making her appearance. I shall therefore, my own dearest
Mary, console myself in the hope that good news on its -- for
intelligence of the opposite description generally travels at a greater
rate for intelligence of the opposite description generally travels at a
greater rate. I hope my letters were more successful on their way to
England. Although they can contain nothing from hence but accounts of my
health and my wishes to be released from this exile yet I know you look
for them with as much anxiety as if they were filled with anecdotes and
with news. In the contracted Sphere to which we are limited nothing
occurs to vary the stale monotony of each preceding day; excepting
indeed that with an Easterly wind we are always praying for a westerly
one, not alone on account of the climate which is to me extremely
oppressive during the prevalence of the former, but also that the more
kindly Zephyr promises us English Packets ---- We have been labouring
now for some time and in the concentrating influence of the Levante.
However I soon perhaps, at least I -------- allow myself to hope, so may
we be lucky for the wind on my passage homewards! Dulee dulee comee (or
Dulce, Dulce, come) If I am destined to stay here much longer I fear
that my Military Spirit will evaporate -- Than expecting rest or at
least a change of scene and change of action. The mind always bent or
rather confined to one object --- weakened and gradually I imagined lost
its order However Esperance! Esperance!
I can fancy how being very happy you and all your sons including myself
would be had we a house to live in in that part of the world you like
It is some comfort to look forward to the possession of such a House.
I build a great many Castles of this description may we see these
realised Your Mother has I hope returned to you in good health - as
also Jemima, Matilda & Lucy.
Pray give my love to them all. I shall not wish to my friends (watch?)
the acc--- of the Parliament when I hope all my horrible apprehensions
will be dispelled On this subject I shall say no more.
I hope you have good accounts from your Uncle Richard I should most
gladly write to him did I conceive that such an act would at all afford
consolation perhaps it would have exactly the contrary effect
God Bless you kiss our Boys for their Father and you
Most affect C.B.
Ceuta 24 August
NOTES BY TRANSCRIBER
i) A major dose of homespun philosophy
ii) Dulee looks clear but is not recognised nor is Dolce Dolce
unless it is -- Far Niente
iii) Esperance could be an echo of Henry IV Part1 V i 96 Now
Esperance, Percy, and lay on
iv) Uncle Richard Marys Uncle is thought to have been General Sir
Richard Dacres ex RA and Constable of H.M. Tower of London
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