30 August 1814
Letter from Sir Peter Parker to his wife the night before he died in the Battle of Caulk’s Field:
August 30, 1814
My Darling Marianne:
I am just going on desperate service and entirely depend upon valor and example for its successful issue. If anything befalls me I have made a sort of will. My country will be good to you and our adored children. God Almighty bless and protect you all. Adieu, most beloved Marianne, Adieu!
P.S. I am in high health and spirits