A day of [re…]
The General thru’ the kindness of Capt. Wallis turns my application for special leave down. Mrs. B. Smith sent General a Registered letter explaining & pleading, but apparently of no use. Capt. W. is the Rizzio of my fate. Major Widd goes to Hosp. with fever.
*Mrs. B. Smith is Draycott’s cousin in England. Draycott speculates in his memoir that no special leaves were being granted because “the Grand Push was getting near!”