Written from 3 Abercromby Square, Liverpool
If possible he will examine the Indian Army Reports the next day. No definite report on the fluctuations between different stations and regiments, but he remembers being questioned about them by Sir Harcourt Johnstone before the Select Committee.
[Writing of the 24th regiment as being] 'so bad that wherever they went disease rose ... at any rate it was the one that suffered so shamefully at Rorke's Drift'. Refering to the Zulu war which started on 12 Jan 1879. 'At Rorke's Drift a force of only 103 men ... held a laager successfully against a great force of Zulus'