By Frances Isabella Duberly
Mrs Duberly's magazine is without doubt one of the such a lot brilliant eye-witness bills now we have of the Crimean battle. Fanny Duberly, then elderly 25, observed her husband to the Crimea in 1854, and remained there until eventually the top of the combating, the one officer's spouse to stay during the whole crusade. She survived the serious wintry weather of 1854-55, witnessed the conflict of Balaklava and the cost of the sunshine Brigade, and rode throughout the ruins of Sebastopol. lively and brave, she was once identified through sight to British and French squaddies around the battlefields, looked frequently with enthusiasm and occasionally with disapproval. Witty and lovely, she loved flirtatious friendships with some of the most crucial males of the crusade. Her magazine stored in the course of the Russian conflict used to be released in 1855 and triggered a sensation. even supposing commonly praised because the "new heroine for the Crimea," Fanny was once additionally censured, ridiculed, or even parodied in Punch. She had stepped right into a man's international, and written approximately it in a manner that appeared to a few on the entrance an invasion of privateness and to others at domestic an abandonment of gentility. A best-seller on the time, the magazine was once no longer reprinted after its moment variation of 1856, and this is often the 1st version given that that point. Christine Kelly presents an creation, biographical and explanatory notes, and an index. She makes revealing use of Fanny's unique, formerly unpublished, letters to her sister Selina, which regularly exhibit a reckless, fast reaction to occasions and other people the place the magazine is extra circumspect. The variation comprises images, maps, and a few of Fanny's personal sketches.
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The high, bold coast lay hazy and crowned with misty clouds in the early sunlight. ’ A brilliant day coloured the blue waves once more. We had service for all hands on deck. Monday, th – Almost a calm. We sighted the Maryanne, with Major De Salis and a detachment of th Hussars on board. She sailed a week before us, and our having overtaken her is a great triumph to our ship. The Messenian coast lay close to us all day – snow-capped and cloud-wreathed mountains lying in a half indistinct and dreamy haze, a very Eleusinian mystery in themselves.
The interpolations in italic type, in square brackets, are passages from the Duberly manuscript correspondence in the British Library, MSS Add. . References for these passages are given in the Notes and Commentary. Unless otherwise indicated all letters are from Fanny Duberly to Selina and Francis Marx, her sister and brother-in-law. Fanny Duberly’s spelling of all proper names has been used throughout this edition. JOURNAL KEPT DURING THE RUSSIAN WAR: FROM THE DEPARTURE OF THE ARMY FROM ENGLAND IN APRIL 1854, TO THE FALL OF SEBASTOPOL.
The fleas!! These last are really so terrible that several officers have been fairly routed by them, and obliged either to pitch their tents on the common or to sleep on board the ships. No provision whatever has been made for the soldiers; and, if Captain Fraser had not put a basket of provisions in the caïque that took the baggage, neither officers nor men would have broken their fast tonight. The stables into which I went first, of course, are more like the crypt of a church than anything else - dark, unpaved, unstalled, of enormous size, and cool: no straw and no mangers!