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To Lady Saltash, Fallbrooke House, nr Winchester

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To Lady Saltash, Fallbrooke House, nr Winchester

Post  John Vickery on Sat Oct 22, 2011 6:18 am

Letter dated 12th June 1809, 2nd Division, British Army, Portugal

My dear Mother,

I hope that you and my Father are well. We lately had a skirmish with the French, during the course of which I was slightly wounded, from which wound I have now fully recovered.

I find that I am kept busy with the running of my Company. I have lately become acquainted with Captain Blackwood of the Light Company of the Second Foot Guards, to whose Regiment we have lately been attached. I have also recently made the acquaintance of Capt. the Ld Torrington of HM Engineers, who is a genteel, well-spoken man. I understand that his sister is to be presented this Season. Perhaps you and my sister may care to receive her at home during the Season?

You would find society here very dull, I fear. We are too much in advance of the rest of the Army to partake in the occasional balls, and the ground is too poor for hunting, although my friend Capt P– gives me to understand that the hunting will be better in Spain. I have only two horses here, and do not expect to hunt very often, however.

I understand that Robt. is expected to announce his engagement soon, and send my congratulations with this. Please do not concern yourself with finding a girl for me; it is quite impossible for me to consider marriage while I am so far away.

I have written separately to my sister, and must close.

I remain your very obdt son,

Jno Vickery

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