Captain George Duff
Died in command of H M S Mars 21st October 1805
To his wife
[Mars, off Ferrol,] June 10 
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.
|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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