Captain George Duff

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


To his wife


[Mars, off Ferrol,] June 10 [1804]

I understand that the Spaniards have sent very heavy complaints against the French squadron lying in Ferrol. They have been circulating seditious books, and endeavouring to make the people discontented wilh their government.

June 13

My old Mars is certainly a very fine ship; and if I could only persuade her to sail a little better, and could get a few good men, being now above seventy short of complement, I would not wish for a better ship. The ward-room officers seem to be pleasant, good people, and I have no doubt we shall go on very well together. We have got a famous party of marines, and with them and the officers we can keep the Johnnies in very good order, if they should ever want it, which at present they do not.


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