Mlle Souvestre to Mrs JM Strachey

Scope and Content

She will be welcome any year, any month, any day; she must bring one of the babies and the General must accompany her or must come to take her back. Anxious to know whether she has any news of Charlie [her brother in the Army]. She understands nothing about the war the English are having with the Ashantis [A campaign led by Sir Garnet Wolseley against a warrior monarch who had ascended the Ashanti throne in 1867; our embargo on the slave trade interfered with the chief source of his wealth; he accordingly attacked out settlements on the Gold Coast. Sir Garnet started on 6 Jan 1874 and the campaign was finished by the middle of Feb] she would like to know whether the English had gained a dazzling victory or a doubtful success. Says she is very interest in the resolution M Paul as just taken. Asks her if she would undertake to bring to them the young girl 'qui a menu M Paul, nous a ? si l'affaire qui parait tres flottant se decide'