30 Dec 1856

My dear Sir -                
I can well imagine the poignancy of an infliction on a Parent’s bosom, when my own has been so deeply affected - Your son was my most promising pupil, but the hopes so fondly cherished of seeing him grow up an ornament to his profession have been alas! prematurely blighted...

24 Dec 1856

My dear Sir
Your kind letter of 8th inst reached me on Monday. I feel very grateful for your appreciation of my efforts & those of Mr Wilkinson the xx Surgeon on your sons behalf.
It pleased God to take him away from us.

19 Dec 1856

Dearest Sister,

I have been quite unable to make this copy, much as I have desired it. I had undertaken to assist Lady E with her clothing accounts, before our troubles & thought she would have let me off - yet as she has still little use in her right arm, I was most happy to help her –

16 Dec 1856 - 2

Dearest Sarah

Yours was the first letter I received of sympathy on a morning here. & so after writing to Mrs Campbell (whom we owe more of kind attention than we can ever repay) - I shall try to reply to your kind expressions of sorrow –

16 Dec 1856 - 1

Mrs Richard Bevan
Highcliffe Lodge

15 Dec 1856?

My dearest Mama,

Very many thanks for your two letters. I was very sorry indeed to hear of poor little Robin’s death, as when I saw him last I thought him such a very nice little fellow.

12 Dec 1856

My Dearest Sister
You will doubtless hear from our dear brother, that he has received the last acct for which we have been waiting so long, and so dreading, & to-morrow the death of our precious child will be announced in the papers.

8 Dec 1856

My dear Mr Bevan
Your kind lines are most welcome to me. but I needed not one of them to assure me of your affectionate and Christian sympathy on this melancholy occasion.

6 Dec 1856 - 1

My dearest Sarah
Thank you for your kind letter, & its enclosure, which I return with that to ourselves conveying the same melancholy tidings, which we shall like to have back. The post did not bring us the painful tidings until after Sibella had set off for the sale...

2 Dec 1856

Extracts from Captain Campbell’s letter

“Your dear boy has been taken from you & is now in a better and happier world. His end was peace. This morng, Novr 24th off Balaklava, he breathed his last.


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