Captain George Duff
Died in command of H M S Mars 21st October 1805
To his wife
March 27[, 1805]
The French fleet have got out of Brest Harbour, and are anchored in Bertheaume Bay. We were within four or five miles of them, our inshore ships just out of gun-shot. We are all clear for action, but it depends entirely upon them to come to it, or not. If they do, I trust we shall be victorious, and have a lasting peace. They are at present four sail of the line more than us; but if we do our duty, I think we shall give a very good account of them. Should I unfortunately fall, I hope that our friends will take care of you and our dear little ones. I have done all, my dearest Sophia, to make you and them comfortable, that our small funds would allow; but I am sorry to say, they are very small indeed. I regret much you never would allow me to speak of making a settlement, nor would look at the one I had made.
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