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CHAPTER V
PRIVATE LETTERS 1848-1857

To Mrs Graves-Sawle.
BATH, Tuestlay [Oct. 27, 1857]

DEAR ROSE,
I keep only one other birthday, which happens on the nineteenth of January. I have engaged at present no other visitants but a small party of flowers. I am no botanist but have learnt by heart the name of one, after frequent repetitions. Two days ago there left me a great florist, the Principal of the College at Calcutta.(1) I wish he could have protracted his stay. We heard this morning that Delhi (2) is taken. They talk of six hundred of our men fallen. God grant there may not be three thousand at the least. The wisdom of one man would have prevented all these horrible murders of women and children. Men must fall. Sir C. Napier was the only truly wise general of our times. Even Wellington did not see so far nor conciliate so many. Havelock has done wonders. Surely the miserable fool who gave a command to Anson, on which a surprise depended, ought to be shot. Our most dangerous enemies are in our public offices. Tell Francis and Charles (3) unless they

1 Professor E. B. Cowell, a botanist as well as an accomplished Oriental scholar.
2 News of the fall of Delhi (Sept. zo, 1857) reached London on Oct. 26.
3 Now Colonel Francis Graves-Sawle, Coldstream Guards, and Captain Charles Graves-Sawle, R.N

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