Captain George Duff

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


To his wife


September 1[, 1805]

I sent away a letter yesterday to my ever dearest Sophia, by the Latona.  As we are now so large a fleet, we shall have more frequent opportunities to England, and I shall begin another: but I am very anxious to hear how you all do, as I have as yet had no answer to any I wrote you since last we sailed, which is now a very long time.  I mentioned in my last that Pultney Malcolm was here.  He is gone inshore with Admiral Louis, to get the combined fleet out, as we do not show our reinforcement, in hopes they may be tempted to come out, byt I fear they will hear of it, and remain quiet at anchor.       

September 7[, 1805]

On the 3rd I went on board the Britannia, to see my old friend Lord Northesk, and found him just finishing a letter to his wife; so I sat down and worte a few lines to go by the same opportunity, which was a brig to Faro, a port in Portugal, whence the letters will be sent to Lisbon, and by the packet to England.  

September 9[, 1805]

We are just going off to Tetuan for water, and perhaps to Gibraltar, with the Conqueror.   I suppose I shall be gone for at least a week.   


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