The Times, Monday, Mar 12, 1866; pg. 10; Issue 25443; col F


                         THE LOSS OF THE LONDON.

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                        TO THE EDITOR OF THE TIMES.

Sir, - I should not obtrude a subject of a private nature on your notice, but that I see in your impression of to-day a repetition of the paragraph of February 17, to the effect that a woman supposed to be a passenger by the steamship London had been washed ashore, February 12, on the island of Hoedie, off the coast of Bretagne.

From the particulars of the marks on the linen, though incorrectly given in transmission by telegraph, and the description of the rings on the fingers, I had no doubt of its being the corpse of my sister-in-law, who with her husband, my brother, was returning to Sydney in that ill-fated ship. I lost no time in taking the necessary steps to recover the remains and bring them to England for interment.
On my arrival at Brest, seeking the aid and advice of Her Majesty’s Consul, Sir Anthony PERRIER, I learned that, as soon as he had been apprised of the finding of the body, he had sent a despatch to have it interred with the utmost decency and respect.

I cannot express my obligation to him for the kindness with which he received me, and the promptitude and diligence with which he rendered every needful assistance, and favoured me with instructions which removed all difficulties and delays, at a time when he himself was confined to his bed by an attack of cholera, then prevalent at Brest, and was harrassed by an unusual pressure of consular business.

I thankfully avail myself of this opportunity of making my acknowledgments for the satisfaction derived to myself and relatives from the publicity given to the circumstances in The Times.

          I have the honour to be, Sir, your obedient servant,

                                      HENRY DEBENHAM.

56, Addison-road, March 10.