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The Boer War
On May 4, 1899, at Marion, Massachusetts, Richard was married to Cecil Clark, the
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John M. Clark of Chicago. After the marriage Richard and his
wife spent a few weeks in Marion and the remainder of the summer in London and Aix-
MARION, May 28th, 1899.
You sent me such a good letter about the visit of the three selected chorus girls. But what
was best, was about your wishing to see me. Of course, you know that I feel that too. I
would have it so that we all lived here, so that Dad could fish, and Nora and Cecil could
discuss life, and you and I could just take walks and chat. But because that cannot be, we
are no further away than we ever were and when the pain to see you comes, I don't let it
hurt and I don't kill it either for it is the sweetest pain I can feel. If sons will go off and
marry, or be war-correspondents, or managers, it does not mean that Home is any the less
Home. You can't wipe out history by changing the name of a boulevard, as somebody
said of the French, and if I were able to be in two places at once, I know in which two
places I would be here with Cecil at Marion, and at Home in the Library with you and
Dad and The Evening Telegraph, and Nora and Van Bibber. You will never know how
much I love you all and you must never give up trying to comprehend it. God bless you
and keep you, and my love to you every minute and always.
Late in January, 1900, Richard and his wife started on their first great adventure together
to the Boer War. Arriving at Cape Town, Richard left his wife there and, acting as
correspondent with the British forces for the New York Herald and London Mail, saw the
relief of Ladysmith. After this he returned to Cape Town, with the intention of joining
Lord Roberts in his advance on Pretoria. But on arriving at Cape Town he learned that
Lord Roberts did not intend to move for three weeks, and so decided to say farewell to
the British army and to return to London in a leisurely and sightseeing fashion along the
east coast. It was after they were well started on this return voyage that Richard
conceived the idea of leaving the ship at Durban, going to Pretoria, and, as he expressed
it, "watch the Boers fighting the same men I had just seen fighting them."
R. M. S. Scot
February 4th, 1900.
A great change has come since I wrote you from Madeira. We are now on Summer seas
and have regulated the days so that they pass very pleasantly--not that we do not want to
be on land-- I never so much wanted it-- Somers is with us and is such a comfort. He is
even younger than he used to be and so quick and courteous and good tempered. He is