Before Sebastopol, Feb. 13, 1855
My Dear Lord Lucan — It is with much concern that I fulfil the painful duty of transmitting to you a despatch which I received yesterday evening from the Duke of Newcastle.
I have anxiously considered how I could acquit myself of this task with most regard for your feelings; and I have arrived at the conclusion that the best way is to put you in possession of the Minister for War’s communication and orders, without reserve or comment.
If you should desire to see me, I shall be happy to receive you at any time that may be most convenient to you.
Believe me, very faithfully yours,
Lieutenant-General the Earl of Lucan