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CHARLES MANNERS DIPLOMAT? ADC?

 

 

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Quinta de St Ioņo Wednesday
July 10, [1811]

 

     I  take the liberty of meeting you at Lisbon where I imagine you will arrive about the same time as this Letter, to request you to have the enclosed given to my Servant. I shall have great pleasure in hearing from you in answer, with a happy account of a prosperous journey, if you can only spare time for 3 lines.
     His Highness arrived on Sunday; He is very gentlemanlike modest and unassuming. Lord Wellington seems to approve very much of him, and I hear he means to appoint him extra ??? ?? ???.
     Capt Cocks, who after his Reconnaissance up to Montijo had gone to Albuquerque had a visit from the Enemy; and appears to have pleased Ld Wellington very much by withdrawing himself and party though the French had come up between him and the British Position. No other publick news, that has reached my ears worthy of your perusal.
     I mean to have another day at lunches in company with Col Campbell, who proposes going over before his departure. He was a little out of spirits last night having heard of the melancholy end of Lt. Col Bevans with whom he had some acquaintance. The public? reason for Col Bevans making away with himself is not as articled?; but it is generally supposed to have proceeded from depression of spirits caused by the Regt. under his command being one of those who ought to have prevented the escape of the Garrison of Almeida - May you find a Captain R. H. who will give you as hearty a welcome with a more extensive knowledge of Comfort ?? cabin as our friend ????

Adieu; most truly yrs
C Manners

 

PS The most passable accounts from Ld March Instead taking a pat of Windsor Soap as an apology for my second intrusion upon the General's Hospitality. ??? Let-off at the Adj General's to the Prince of Orange 2 day. L Wellington dines there.

Context - His Highness is likely William of Orange newly arrived as one of Wellington's ADC's.

The Bevans content is telling.

The addressee here is Thomas Sydenham, later Lord Sydenham who was the Secretary of the Legation in Lisbon under Stuart.

 

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