21 Nov 1856
Mrs Richard Bevan
My dearest Sarah
I did as you wished.
Last evening we had much improved account of our darling up to the 10th of November -
He was then off for a ten day cruise in the Black Sea. It was proposed to leave him behind in the flag ship - but he would not hear of it - his [-] [barely legible text] is something wonderful yet the captain is glad to take the boy on - rather than leave him with strangers.
God be praised for this better account.
I am sending all the letters to my sisters & I beg them to forward them to you.
Please guard them carefully and return them to me - in much haste. & with every kind wish to all your party
most affy yours