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Dec 9

or heard of the Turks since; after watering our horses, we left the barracks to start on our march out to Maadi, but we lost our guide in the street & had half an hours wait. it must have been 7.30 before we started on our march out. The horses are all in good condition & were rather shy of the niggers.
arrived at Maadi at 10.15 PM & I was told off for picquet duty till one o'clock. most of the lads had leave the night before & I had not gone out so I did not make a fuss over picquet although we are exempt from it by right; I was very tired when one oclock came & I took no rocking to sleep

Thur 10th
There was no tents up when we arrived here & we laid down anywhere & slept till morning. we had a shower of rain or two during the night & was

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