A compilation of stuff requested by and sent to
Fiennes Wykeham Martin during the Crimean War.
Most of the requests are addressed to Fiennes' parents who must have been fully employed
acquiring, ordering and arranging for the wide array of articles to be sent to the East.
Where would a man be without his Mum? And his Dad! And their hardworking servants no doubt.
A multitude of unsung heroes.
|LETTER DATE||ITEM[S]||NOTES||28 August 1854||Asks his father to send an India rubber tub||.||28 August 1854||Asks his father to send a lockable compact writing case||Available cheaply and they hold a great deal||8 October 1854|| Asks his mother to send his things to the care of Messrs. |
Ede and Co., Constantinople
|.||8 October 1854||Asks his mother for some lamb's wool socks, flannel waistcoats, |
preserved soup, tea, sugar, soap, and `in fact any articles
you think good in the eating line that do not take up much room.'
|.||8 October 1854||Asks his mother for a quantity of cocoa paste made up with |
|Found to be very useful on campaign||8 October 1854||Asks his mother for `Miller's lamp out of my kit'||.||8 October 1854||Asks his mother for his servant's clothes||Although he thinks that his servant died [in Varna]||8 October 1854|| Asks his mother about some boots she had sent but which have|
|.||27 October 1854||Thanks his mother for sending or planning to send a |
|.||27 October 1854||Asks his mother to send a saddle he left at home|| Fellow officer Hunt had lost his previous saddle
during a retreat
|27 October 1854||Asks his mother for hair brushes and another looking|
|He had broken his previous looking glass weeks before||27 October 1854||Asks his mother for a Church Service [book] that his |
tutor had given him
|His brother had sent a bible but no prayer book||2 November 1854||Thanks his mother for parcels received by railway vessels.|
Also one believed to contain a stove, waiting to be collected. Still
one parcel missing, with an axe, a saw, and boots [Marsh's]
|.||12 November 1854||Amends some previous orders with his mother: Patent leather |
boots and gold belts are no longer required.
|.||12 November 1854||Asks for a pair of thick leather-bottomed uniform overalls, |
a pair of long jack calf skin boots with hunting spurs, and
his dress jacket.
|.||12 November 1854||Asks for a thick set of shooting clothes and an india rubber|
tub. Supposes the first boots sent by his mother have been
`lost in the boat.'
|.||12 November 1854||Mittens would be useful. Also Guernseys, flannel shirts, |
worsted socks, an air pillow and an emigrant stove [if not too
|.||12 November 1854|| Asks his mother for a quantity of 1s. books and `a complete |
set of waterproof things.'
|.||17 November 1854||Informs his mother of the terrific storm which sank several|
ships, including those with mails from the Crimea, and one
carrying winter clothing for the troops.
|.||22 November 1854||Asks his brother Philip to thank Lizzie for the Bible she sent|
and asks for a Church Service book again.
|.||22 November 1854|| Informs his brother Philip that the sword he acquired for him |
at Wilkinson's had a very bad edge.
|It went blunt after striking a Russian at Balaklava||24 November 1854||Tells Maria that they have not yet received their kits and are |
still `on the one shirt system.' The ship with all the government
clothing was lost in the hurricane on 14 November 1854.
|.||24 November 1854||Asks Maria for a lamp `a thing I want very much'||It was missing from his mother's list||27 November 1854||Reminds his mother to send jack boots, hunting spurs and India|
|.||27 November 1854|| Informs her that he has not received her parcel sent on the|
Faith . Believes it is with an agent in Constantinople.
|.||30 November 1854|| Informs his father they are still without kits and have only the |
one shirt they landed with
|.||[December] 1854||Informs his mother that the Royal Albert has arrived in |
Cherson, but not Balaklava so he hasn't got the parcel yet.
|.||[December] 1854|| Tells his mother that the muffetees his Aunt Fanny sent have |
|.||[December] 1854|| Asks his mother for copies of the Times newspaper from date |
of the letter
|.||[December] 1854||Asks his mother for a pair of braces, sent by post||.||[December] 1854|| Reminds his mother of his request for jack boots, hunting spurs,|
emigrant stove and complete suit of waterproof. Asks if not yet
sent, for her to send them by Hayter, the authorized Government
|.||6 December 1854||Informs his father that their kits have landed, but none of his |
father's parcels have arrived
|.||17 December 1854|| Thanks his father for the thick uniform of pilot cloth, with |
lace etc, sent as a gift. Especially as his great coat, among
other items, was stolen from his kit on board ship.
|Informs his father that no officers he knows have
received their parcels
|1 January 1855|| Asks Maria to tell his father that the parcel on the Royal |
Albert has arrived. Informs them that they need to order larger
sized clothes and boots, firstly because he has grown, and
secondly, if there is an alarm it is too difficult to pull on tight
clothes or footwear.
|.||1 January 1855||Tells Maria that two parcels have arrived on the Cosmopolitan. |
The big boots, water proofs, books and tools [saw and axe]
are the most urgently required items.
|.||9 January 1855||Informs family some parcels have arrived, namely those |
on the Faith, Royal Albert, and Cosmopolitan. But not the
Leopard, carrying his boots, saw, axe, books and waterproof
|.||9 January 1855||Thanks his father for his present of a pea coat, fur cap, gloves |
and thick suit of uniform.
|.||24 January 1855|| Writing to his mother, discusses the new uniform he is |
urged to purchase, but is reluctant to do so. Also worries about
whether the long boots en route will be large enough.
|.||28 January 1855|| Thanks his mother for her letter. The things sent via Ede's,|
Constantinople have arrived. However the portmanteau
containing the writing case and eatables was lost in the
Bosphorus. The only items received were the gun, shot, plain
clothes, and shirts.
|.||28 January 1855|| Asks his mother to send the newspapers direct from Byfield so|
he can get the latest news
| Newspapers sent via his mother were taking too
|28 January 1855||Reports to his mother that all the parcels have arrived |
except those on the Malacca carrying his books.
The soldiers have now got more winter clothing
than they can use.
|31 January 1855|| Tells his brother Philip that the air pillow and long calf-skin |
boots have arrived on the Malacca. The only things now
missing are the portmanteau, believed to be lost in the Bosphorus,
the axe, saw, books and holster bottle. Along with Philip's gift of
chamois leather under clothing.
|.||31 January 1855||Asks his brother Philip to tell their father that the books have |
|However, he had read most of them||24 February 1855|| Asks his father to arrange with Rich to make whatever|
uniform he is making for the other officers in the Crimea, of the
new pattern, unless he is promoted Captain in the 18th or 19th.
|.||1 March 1855|| Thanks his mother for sending out her own papers, to save|
funds, but says it delays things and it would be better to have them
|.||1 March 1855|| Tells his mother that he has written to Peareth to bring him |
some Regimental saddlery in the Julia.
|.||12 March 1855||Asks his mother for a patrol tent [a very useful thing to have];|
white, rather larger than the one he had when he came out.
|In case the war goes on.||12 March 1855||Asks his mother for another parcel of concentrated soup||Not available in the Crimea||12 March 1855|| Informs his mother that the holster pipe bottle his father |
sent was smashed by the stove on the voyage. Asks for a
replacement, a glass one, from Gardens.
|.||12 March 1855|| Informs his mother that he can't sell the big stove, `as we |
are inundated with stoves and the weather is quite hot again.' .
|.||12 March 1855||Asks his mother for a new sheepskin||.||22 March 1855||Asks his father for some evening and morning shirts to be |
ready for him if peace comes
|.||22 March 1855||Thanks for the newspapers, and asks his father to tell Byfield |
to send them regularly
|.||22 March 1855||Asks his father for a collar-chain, sheepskin, and white cap||.||2 April 1855|| Discusses the missing articles [the portmanteau and a box of |
gold belts left at Ede's in Constantinople while in Varna] with
his father and says he will have to raise the issue with Ede's.
|.||2 April 1855||Tells his father that he will have to leave the stove behind |
in the Crimea.
|.||9 April 1855|| Queries the parcel his mother sent in the Vestal as it has still |
not arrived. It included the forage cap.
|.||9 April 1855|| Asks his mother to tell Rich to send the tunic if the others |
have theirs although he doesn't need it yet. He isn't
urgently requiring overhalls either but if Rich makes any,
please leather them up to the knee and make them broad at
the top of the leg and small at the foot, similar to the style
of French overhalls.
|.||19 April 1855||Informs his mother that Ede's lost a large parcel left in |
Constantinople while Fiennes was en route to Varna, which
included gold belts and a mess waistcoat. Ede sent them to
Balaklava unbidden and the vessel sank
|.||19 April 1855||Tells his mother that the sheepskin she has sent is a full|
dress one and is `no use here.'
|.||5 May 1855||Informs his mother that his canteen and other items arrived |
on the Argo, but his forage cap still hasn't arrived. Presumed
to have been on the Vestal. It might have gone to Balaklava.
|Fiennes at this stage is at Scutari. His newspapers
aren't being delivered to Scutari. Also some mails
seem to have gone astray.
|16 May 1855||Asks his mother to ask Byfield to send only the latest |
newspapers. Also that it would be better to send them by Smith,
as his service is more regular.
|.||25 May 1855||Asks his father to send out his tunic, overhalls leathered to the |
knee like the others and gold belts.
|.||25 May 1855|| Asks his father to get Rich to buy a second hand silver pouch.|
If he can't get an old one, please send a new one.
|His previous one was lost in the Bosphorus||25 May 1855|| Asks his father to send a new regimental bridle according to the|
new pattern, but this item is not urgently required
|.||28 June 1855|| Asks his father for another parcel of books from Bain's. |
`Good ones, new novels, or something of the sort... we are
not in a humour for serious things.'
|.||25 July 1855|| Informs his father that whilst on picket he lost his sabretasche,|
which held a silver fork and spoon.
| He believes it was stolen from where it was strapped
to his saddle.
|31 August 1855||Asks his mother for two new India rubber tubs, one small |
for a wash-hand basin, and a larger one for a tub, to be obtained
from an India rubber shop like Macintosh's
|.||31 August 1855|| Asks his mother for the thick regimental jacket [that he had |
previously sent home from Scutari.] To be sent with Friend's
|.||31 August 1855||Asks his mother for a pair of regimental spurs to be added to|
his request for boots
|.||6 September 1855|| With respect to the winter kit his mother is preparing, he|
asks that she doesn't leather his overhalls that are at home, as
he has plenty that are leathered in the East. Also they are his ball
overhalls, and too thin for winter.
|.||6 September 1855|| Asks his mother for some preserved soup [if they stay], a large |
|.||6 September 1855|| Asks his mother for some knives, spoons, and forks [common |
|.||6 September 1855|| Asks his mother for some cartridges, ready for use, Denby and |
Adams' large size pistol, made up in copper cans
|.||16 September 1855|| Confirms with his mother that as the situation is so uncertain, |
that he wants her to send the things previously mentioned,
and his servant's things, at once
|.||30 September 1855|| Reconfirms his request with his mother for his warm jacket,|
and his servant's clothes.
|.||30 September 1855|| Informs his mother that Cuff, or whoever the regimental|
bridle was ordered with, has sent it, along with a lot of other
saddlery not requested, to the value of £8.
|.||30 September 1855|| Informs his mother that the head collar has arrived, but is the|
wrong pattern and will not be able to be used. He will return it,
and if it was ordered must be paid for.
|.||9 December 1855||Asks his mother to invest his surplus revenue, apart from |
£300 for his use at Scutari, and enough to reimburse her
and Philip, cover his debts in England, and to buy a horse
|.||9 December 1855||Asks his mother for two new girths for a plain saddle, and one |
for a regimental saddle, which if ordered quickly can be sent
with a head collar already ordered at Cuffs.
|.||9 December 1855||Asks his mother for a new plain double reined bridle and a |
|.||9 December 1855|| Thanks his mother for the portable soups in the last package |
which were very good and came in the nick of time, but were
not what he wanted. They would be no good in a campaign, and
should be sent in bladders.
|.||9 December 1855||Reports to his mother that the tubs arrived||.||9 December 1855||Asks his mother for another dozen 1s. novels||.||16 December 1855|| Informs his mother that the excess saddlery has been returned |
to Cuffs, but that he now sees by her letter that it was Hamburger
that sent it. Asks her to retrieve it from Cuff on its arrival
and to sort it out.
|.||16 December 1855|| Tells his mother that he has heard from Hamburger that the |
gold belts his father had sent were second hand, and that his
father has said that if they were `nearly the same they would do.'
|Explains that this was a mistake, as the new
Colonel is more particular than Lord George Paget
and is a stickler for the strictly regimental, and the
items are therefore of no use
|16 December 1855||Asks his mother to pay all his bills and sell his charger||.||30 December 1855|| Asked his mother for six pillow cases, one pair of hunting |
spurs and six flannel shirts of a dark colour [black and white
check is good]
|.||30 December 1855|| Asked his mother for two plain saddle pads, from Gardner's.|
And they never sent the head collars for the regimental bit,
so these could be sent with the other things.
|.||30 December 1855|| Queries whether his mother has heard from Hamburgers|
about the returned saddlery.
|.||30 December 1855|| Asks his mother to arrange for Marsh to make him a pair of |
butcher boots [top boots without the tops]
|.||22 January 1856||Asks his mother for a new sheepskin instead of the one she sent|
before which belongs to his Shabraque
|.||30 January 1856|| Discusses with his father about Hamburger's bill. |
He objects to paying for the crupper head collar, head stall straps,
shoe cases, and pockets for nails, all of which were returned.
The items included a regimental bridle which he kept, and must
be deducted from the sum to be refunded.
|.||30 January 1856|| Informs his father that as peace looms any articles not yet |
shipped need not be sent. If it is to be peace it is best to keep the
charger, and not to sell him.
|.||8 March 1856|| Discusses with his mother the box he sent home on the |
Bucephalus. It included a new pouch belt [gold] and a quantity
of shirts, and possibly a suit of plain clothes. There was also a
portmanteau on the Pelican which was shipped last year but its
fate is unknown.
|.||8 March 1856|| Asks his mother to have some shirts made for his return, with the |
wristbands doubled back to fasten with studs, at Nichols of
Housely, or similar.
|All his shirts have been lost||3 April 1856|| Reminds his mother to order the shirts for home, now that peace|
is declared. Also discusses the purchase of two new chargers
|.||21 April 1856|| Another reminder to his mother about the shirts. Queries |
the contents of a box his mother sent, believed to contain
a pouch and sword belt, possibly plain clothes, and hopefully
not his best evening coat or frock.
|.||4 May 1856|| Informs his mother about where to send his things on his |
return to England
|.||12 May 1856|| Asks his mother to tell Marsh to have a pair of regimental|
boots [Wellingtons], not too thick, made up. Also a pair of button
boots for plain clothes made thin for summer, to await his arrival in
Fiennes Wykeham Martin
Letters, Fiennes Wykeham Martin 4LD, July 1854 - May 1856
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