[Transcribed by Megan Stevens]
Sir, — Permit me to protest, until I have time to bring out a counter statement, against the injustice of Mr. Kinglake in trying to benefit a friend at the expense of a deceased officer, and which you were good enough to notice yesterday in your review of Kinglake's Invasion of the Crimea.
Mr. Kinglake seems to have no knowledge of the evidence, given before the Chelsea Board. That General Airey is an accomplished man and a good officer may be unquestionable, but whether he was the right man as Quartermaster-General in the Crimea is quite another matter, and which I am willing to discuss as regards the late Commissary-General.
I remain, Sir, Your obedient servant,
Hastings, Feb. 24.