8.30.2014

Captain Peter Parker (a British aristocrat) to his wife the night before he died


30 August 1814

Letter from Sir Peter Parker to his wife the night before he died in the Battle of Caulk’s Field: 

H.M.S. Menelaus
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!

Peter Parker

P.S. I am in high health and spirits

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