Saturday 12th [October 1861]
Have heard nothing yet from cousin Jack or Bob Minor. Begin to feel anxious about them
Bob Minor is to be put in Papa’s plans in charge of the Secret Service Bureau. He - a young Lieutenant, good hearted but not clever – to be put at the head of the Bureau while my father – the cleverest and most distinguished scientific man in this country, a man whom all nations have sought to honour, is sent upon this trivial and most dangerous duty to Cuba. It is a bitter mortification to him.