Correspondence from Rawdon Reilly to his sister Emma Pinckney nee Reilly, 20 March 1898
Rawdon is writing from his new camp high in the hills which was formerly the site of village. The heavy rain and hail is delaying their road-building. The government is going to grant three months Tirah leave to all those who have been up there. Rawdon wants to send Emma some bulbs from the mountain above their camp. Emma would not think much of the Pioneers if she saw them now as they are so ragged from the hard work. Rawdon will try to remember about the stamps when he passes through Peshawar but it is an awful ramshackle place without any shops or hotels.