Captain George Duff

Born 1764
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 [1806] alive.

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