Letters from Richard to his parents, brothers Anthony, Philip and Tom, and sisters Emily, Lucy and Cary, and Mrs Noyes ('Nunny') a nurse or governess with replies from the parents and brothers (Tom at Eton) .Richard's letters are dated from ships and naval stations at Madeira, Sierra Leone, Simon's Bay (South Africa), Mauritius, Mozambique, Malta, Naples, Lisbon, Piraeus, Portland, Devonport, Bermuda, Port Royal, Rio de Janeiro and Monte Video. The longest tours of duty were at Simon's Bay and in Rio/Monte Video. There is much about naval life, promotion prospects and shooting and sport at the various stations, and references to sending butterflies, shells, birds' eggs and (live) Falklands geese home and a penguin colony there, and to Norfolk men and kinsfolk met including Robert Packe farming unsuccessfully in the Falklands. Also included is family news, agricultural prospects and Westacre, comments on bank failures, the Austro-Prussian War ('both great robbers'), rinderpest among cattle, 'old Fountaine' destroying foxes, descriptions of Pompeii and Lundy Island, death of brother Philip, chasing a slaver near Sierra Leone, sugar mill at Mauritius. Letters to Richard include advice as to conduct from his father and his brother Anthony's opinion of Spain ('a beastly Country and not a bit worth seeing'). Included with the letters are a list of books sent out and a summons of 1858 for his shooting a secretary bird, a protected species, at Simons Town.