[Transcribed by Megan Stevens]
Sir, - I was much astonished to see that the Duke of Newcastle proposed a vote of thanks for the medical department in the Crimea, and left out the Commissariat, a department upon which the wellbeing of the whole army depended. Sir Charles Trevelyan, by incredible exertions, despatched a most efficient body of commissariat officers to the Crimea, and that they have performed their duties well is notorious. It is, therefore, exceedingly hard upon the Commissariat that his grace should have made such a distinction between the medical and commissariat departments. And, in justice to the latter officers, I hope you will publish this letter, trusting that it may lead to this error being rectified, and satisfying the feelings of a large body of honourable men who are performing most arduous and disagreeable duties to the entire satisfaction of every general with the army.
I remain, your obedient servant,
Weybridge, Surrey, Dec. 17.