Rawdon is pleased to have letters from Emma even in 'these wilds'. He enquires as to how Phil is doing in Buenos Aires in the current revolutionary turmoil. The men in Rawdon's regiment are suffering from the hot sun and malaria, and there are 65 men in hospital. He has been having an argument about the behaviour of an injured horse to which Phil would know the answer. He describes a new method of fishing with a 'fly spoon'. They are due to be inspected by Col Pennington.