Captain George Duff

Born 1764
Died in command of H M S Mars 21st October 1805


Letter dated Britannia, off Cape Spartel 6 November 1805
from Rear Admiral the Earl of Northesk to Mrs George Duff


It is with the greatest grief I have to inform you, that my much-lamented and dear friend Captain Duff fell in the action of the 21st, in the arms of victory, covered with glory. I well know what you, his family, and relatives, must feel on this melancholy occasion. But my dear Madam, the consideration of the sorrows of this life, and the glories of the next, is our best support.
I have directd Mr. Hennah, the First Lieutenant of the Mars, to take every possible care of what is on hoard, but the ship is now at Gibraltar.

              I am, Madam, with great regard,
                        Your obedient humble servant,


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