The Duke of Newcastle presents his compliments to the Editor of The Times, and, having received from the Foreign Office a telegraph message from Constantinople, forwards to him a copy, in order that by publication in the papers of this morning it may be made known to the public some hours sooner than could be possible through the usual channel of the London Gazette.
17 Portman Square Nov 4th 12.45 am
“The captain of an English steam transport, which left Balaklava on the evening of the 26th, confirms in great part the information brought this morning by a French ship, and transmitted immediately to London by way of Marseilles.
It appears that the Russians attacked the Turks in the vicinity of Balaklava on the 25th. Their numbers are supposed to have been about 30,000 men. The attack was unexpected. The Cossacks preceded the infantry. To resist them at first there were Ottoman troops and Scotch.
The Turks gave way, and even spiked the guns, which, seized by the Russians, were turned against them. The Scotch, on the contrary, remained firm in their position.
Other forces arrived, and the Russians were obliged to yield the ground, remaining, nevertheless, masters of two forts, from which they fired upon our troops.
Three regiments of English Light Cavalry, exposed to the cross fire of the Russian batteries, suffered immensely.
The French took part in the affair with admirable bravery.
On the next day their position was attacked by a body of 8,000 Russians, as well from the side of the town as from that of Balaklava.
They repulsed the enemy with great slaughter. Generally the loss of the Russians must have been very great.
It is affirmed that the fire of the batteries of the town had much slackened, and, according to the report of wounded officers, some of whom have arrived at Bujukdera, the belief continued that Sebastopol would be soon in the hands of the allies.
This is nearly what has been gathered from several persons who were eye-witnesses of what took place.
The names of the killed and wounded are reserved for the official occasion. Among the names there is none of a general officer.
STRATFORD DE REDCLIFFE”