Merchant of Venice
- Oct 2, 2012
King and Country in the War
Bring me my Bow of burning gold;
Bring me my Arrows of desire:
Bring me my Spear: O clouds unfold!
Bring me my Chariot of fire!
The Royal Army Chaplains Department, on behalf of His Majesty George III, hereby instates The Honourable Carlisle Holmes as a Chaplain of His Majesty's Army under the auspices of the Church of England. After receiving requisite Orders, the Reverend Holmes is to report immediately to the nearest centre of deployment.
Royal Army Chaplains Department
In Hoc Signo Vinces
God save the King,
The Most Revd and Rt Hon John Moore,
Archbishop of Canterbury and Primate of All England
My apologies for not writing sooner in return to your kind missive, post is intermittent. While I am pleased to hear that Gibraltar has withstood the ravages of the Spaniards the news of Malta's fall to the Italians is indeed most grievous. It is entirely unfortunate that such subjugated peoples feel the need, not to rise against their oppressor, but to play in concert with his aim like so many instruments in a hellish orchestra. My time is sort, for we are on the move again, but I assure you that I am healthy and we have arrived safely at the new theatre of play. The morale is high, and I hope that you shall soon read of our exploits in the papers. Please always believe me to be,
Yr. Obd. Servant.
Rev Carlisle Holmes,
Chaplain in His Majesty's Army
Denmark certainly isn't the "glamorous" destination one may have hoped for were one a soldier in 1805. Having said that, it does at least seem that the troops over there have a lesser propensity for (chance of?) dying than their Peninsular counterparts. I suppose the Hon. Revd. should be thankful.
Having said that, one minor note: the use of "Sir" is followed by one's first name, so it would be Sir Arthur and Sir Edward, rather than Sir Wellesley and Sir Paget, respectively.