Sir — I have received a letter from Mr Kinglake, in reference to that I addressed to him on the 17th inst through the medium of your columns, trusting that my good feeling may induce me to vary an expression used therein, and that I will not hesitate to address to you a line to that end.
The expression referred to is “the unfounded paragraphs,” of which, while acknowledging it was competent in me to pronounce them erroneous, he thinks I shall on reflection see the objectionable nature. I confess I do not, unless the improbable assumption be that I supposed Mr Kinglake writing wholly from conjecture, and not from some afforded statement on which to base his assertion.
My meaning was, and is, that the paragraphs in question were not founded on facts as they occurred — in other words, were erroneous; and I beg you will favour me so much as to allow me space in your journal to say so.
I have the honour to be, Sir,
Your most obedient servant,
W NORCOTT, Colonel
Tours, March 23