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Letter from Joseph Muter to his brother James 10 July 1815

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Brussels, 10th July 1815

My Dear James,

I received yours of the 7th June, and had before apprized you, that I should not want the £100. I am happy to hear that prospects of recovering from your Uncle are so brilliant - he appears to have behaved infamously - you’ll be anxious to hear how I have got on - badly enough I assure you - there has been an exfoliation of bone, inflammation of the periosteum & a formation of matter in different places - the pain excessive & much fever - some extraneous matter such as glove pad came out lately. Last night is the first, on which, I have had any sleep, and I shall now go on well - in 8 days I shall be able to join; the Regt has seen nothing since the Battle. You’ll have observed with pleasure, that the two Brigades mentioned; as having particularly distinguished themselves, mine was one; I say mine because Sir Wm Ponsonby was killed at the beginning of the action - my wound was received at 6pm in leading the Brigade to the charge- my horse was hit at the same moment - my hurt looked slight but the consequences have been dreadful, the bones having been injured - I have reason to hope I should not lose the use of any joint. I received letters from George & [?] Alex, & am delighted with them - I will write, as soon, as I can use my right hand - at present I feel much inconvenience in writing, because I can not use my right elbow, even to steady my paper, so this, or an extract must serve for you, Annfield and Kirkside. I shall expect that George will quite put me to the Blush, both in extent (or variety) & in depth of learning. Our Brigade charged, upset and completely destroyed 3 heavy columns of infantry at least 9000 - the old Inniskillings behaved most gallantly. The Regt was on the 4th, 12 miles from Paris. Let us hear soon; if on receipt hereof, to Brussels - if not for some days; British Army under Duke of Wellington, France My love to Betsy, Annfield, Kirkside, childrens; compts to mr Henderson if in [?] Edinbr, my best Regards to Mr, Mrs Robertson and family and to all friends - I ever am Dear James your most affectionate brother and sincere friend, Jos Muter

This work was published before January 1, 1924, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.