Letter 42

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Asking for a confidential Assistant to take work off his hands. Wright is a good friend but not a good worker. Discussed rifles and small arms with Mr Kerr, an authority. Kerr told him that General Ripley of the Confederate Army was in London en route for China where he had accepted a five year engagement @ £5,000 p.a. to plan Coast Defences, lay torpedoes and construct fortifications.

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