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Report of the Board of General Officers

This presentation of the report (sometimes referred to as the Chelsea Board, or the "Whitewash" Board)is based on transcripts by Megan Stevens, and includes the page numbers of the original publication in order to maintain the validity of page references. It is arranged in the following sections:-

Title page
and
table of
contents
First
Report
(pp i-xxix)
Second
Report
(pp xxix-xxx)
Preliminary
Meeting
(p xxxi-xxxii)
Minutes
(parts
only)
Appendices
(parts
only)
Appendix V Appendix VIII
p. 411 p. 585 p. 586

[Page 411 of the Appendix]

APPENDIX.

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[Page 585 of the Appendix]

V. Papers delivered in by Mr. Filder C.G.


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No. 14.

EXTRACTS from Semi 0fficial LETTERS, &c, quoted by Comm.-Gen. FILDER, C.B.
before the Board of General Officers at Chelsea.

"Treasury, 13th June 1854. - Since I commenced this letter I have received from the Admiralty the official letter relating to the surplus forage in this country, and have ordered two ship-loads to be sent at once to Varna, including all the oats, and the rest as you my determine. If you are not certain to want it, it will be far better to sell it; for, within my Commissariat experience, I have known great losses from holding over hay. We can always get more, and perhaps better, if we want it.

(Signed) C.E. TREVELYAN."


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"Treasury, 19th [?] September 1854. - The hydraulic press, with all appurtenances complete, and four men to work it, left Liverpool by the Melita on the 13th; but, however desirable it may be to obtain so bulky an article as forage on the spot, we have been sensible of the importance of your having a reserve; and therefore, besides sending forward all the surplus oats and part of the surplus hay provided for the transports, we have requested the Admiralty to hold the remainder of the hay at our disposal, in case it should be wanted for Turkey.

(Signed) C.E. TREVELYAN."


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"Treasury, 9th October 1854. - The only point which appears, at the present moment, particularly to require our attention is the article of hay. It is a possible contingency, as conjectured by you, that the allied army may be hemmed in round Sebastopol, or elsewhere by a superior force of Russian cavalry, in which case you would have to draw your supplies of forage from beyond sea. I was glad to hear that a vessel laden with oats and hay, part of the surplus quantity originally provided for the transports, had been passed on to you from Constantinople, where exertions were also being made to send forward supplies of hay under the local contracts which had been made under your directions. We have, however, considered it safe to request the Admiralty to dispatch a ship-load of English hay to the Crimea without any delay, and we shall forward further quantities according to the advices received from you. As you appear to have an abundant and cheap supply of barley at Constantinople, we shall not send any oats unless you ask us to do so.

Will not the valley of Baidar, and the other productive-valleys to the south-east of Sevastopol, furnish you with considerable resources? As that is a country of high mountains and narrow passes, the Russian cavalry will not have the same advantage as on the steppes.

(Signed) C.E. TREVELYAN."


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"Treasury, 13th October 1854. - In the imperfect state of our information, we have felt somewhat at a loss what to do about sending you supplies of hay, an article of great bulk, for which, more than any other, local sources of supply are ordinarily depended on. You will see, by an official letter from me of to-day's date, that a large cargo is being

[Page 586 of the Appendix]

sent with all speed from Deptford; and if the early arrival of this ship is of importance to you, you will, no doubt, be able to make arrangements for her being towed from Constantinople, or even from Malta. Our further proceedings in this matter will be regulated by advices from you. If operations are commenced in the interior after the taking of Sevastopol you will again be brought in contact with the resources of the country. It is hardly to be conceived that such an army as that of the allies in the Crimea, after such successes, can be cooped up so as not to be able to obtain the most ordinary local supplies.

(Signed) C.E. TREVELYAN."


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"Treasury, 18th November. - To return to the subject of forage, I do not clearly understand whether you object to the defective arrangements on board the horse transports, as standing in the way of your obtaining from them the supplies which you might expect, or as endangering the regular supply of any horses that may have been embarked; but, in either case, the duty belongs to the masters of the transports, and the naval authorities will, no doubt, on your application, see that they perform their duty. It will be our part to send from this country, on your requisitions, whatever may be necessary to supplement the supply from local sources. You will, of course, get what you can at or in the neighbourhood of the seat of war, and ask us for the remainder.

(Signed) C.E. TREVELYAN."


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"Treasury, 23d November '54. - On receiving your private letter of the 8th November, I again wrote to Mr. Grant urging on him the great importance of the early dispatch of a further quantity of hay, and I enclose his answer. You may depend upon regular and ample supplies being sent from this country until you can again obtain sufficient quantities from the seat of war.

(Signed) C.E. TREVELYAN."

Certified Extracts.

ALEX. CROOKSHANK, A.C.G.


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p. 411 p. 585 p. 586
Appendix V Appendix VIII
Title page
and
table of
contents
First
Report
(pp i-xxix)
Second
Report
(pp xxix-xxx)
Preliminary
Meeting
(p xxxi-xxxii)
Minutes
(parts
only)
Appendices
(parts
only)
Analysis
of Index
(not
available)

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