Captain George Duff
Died in command of H M S Mars 21st October 1805
To his wife
October 28 [, 1804]
I have at last fallen in with my Admiral, and have had the happiness to receive your letter of the 12th inst. I am sorry to hear such bad accounts of my father [James Duff 1729 - 1804]. I fear he has much failed, and that I have not much chance of seeing him again*.
|* Captain Duff's father died at Banff, much
respected, on the 19th of November, 1805 [sic: the actual death date
for James Duff was 19th November 1804.] in the 76th year of his age. He was
twice married, and had a number of children. The Captain was one of three (two sons
and a daughter) by the first marriage. His brother [Alexander
Duff 1758 - ca.1778] was several years older than him, and died when finishing his
education as a merchant, in Holland. One of his half brothers, Fife Duff, a
very active fine young man, was a Midshipman with him in the Ambuscade and Glenmore
frigastes, but was unfortunately seized with a putrid fever at Plymouth Dock, where he
died in 1801. Several of the Captain's sisters, but none of his brothers, are now  alive.
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