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CRIMEA. CLARKE (George Calvet) Long Autograph Letter Signed, to "Shute"  Charles Cameron Shute of the 6th Inniskilling Dragoons in the Crimea, describing in great detail the problems of quartering Cavalry Divisions for the coming winter, Constantinople, 5th October, 1853
12 pp. 8vo,
"Wednesday the 26th of September in company with Capt. Gordon of the Engineers in a Government Steamer for Ismid." After arriving they found that the chalk marks left by General Storks on buildings suitable for quarters had been rubbed out, and that, 0"thanks to a peppery English Consul and an equally peppery Commissariat Officer who between them had bullied the Pacha of the place and his Council to a frightful extent, instead of receiving assistance from the local authorities were more likely to find all kinds of opposition from them. Fortunately Gordon, who is an exceedingly good fellow in every respect beside being and excellent man of business, was all in favour of conciliatory measures, and I perfectly agreed with him in this view, and in a very short time we had smoothed the injured pride of the Turks and put them in high good humour." He continues with worries about fire risks in the wooden buildings and the time taken for preparing them.

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