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Letter from the Duke of Newcastle to Lord Stratford

advising of Nolan’s mission to buy horses

Reproduced by kind permission of Michael Dixon, who owns the original letter.


Downing St.
13 March 1854

My dear Lord Stratford

The event which will remove from the Foreign Office to that of my Department before long the arbitrament of affairs between Turkey and Russia is of course making me exert every nerve to meet it.

We have just learnt from one of your despatches that we can buy good horses in Turkey, & I therefore send out tonight Captn. Nolan & a Military Vety. Surgeon to purchase at once 1000 horses & probably more eventually.

Permit me to commend Captn. Nolan to your good offices and valuable aid in the performance of this duty.

Not time for another word.

Yours ever sincerely

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