Captain George Duff

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


To his wife


September 28[, 1805]

I was called away yesterday, and now sit down again to write my ever dearest wife a few more lines, and to thank her for her picture; though I must own I am not at all pleased with it, as I don't think it does you any justice, nor do I think I should ever have taken it for you, if I had not been told it was inrtended for you.  I think the one done by Smith [, possibly an Edinburgh portrait artist,] was better.    

October 1[, 1805]

On Saturday night we were joined by Lord Nelson with the Victory, Ajax, Thunderer, and the Euryalus; when I had the happiness of receiving yours, my ever dearest wife, of the 8th September, and the papers up to the 7th.  Many, many thanks! I dined with his Lordship yesterday, and had a very merry dinner; he certainly is the pleasantest Admiral I ever served under.  I hope the Austrian and Russians will make quick work with Buonaparte, and let us go to our homes once more; when I expect to be an Admial before I am called upon again.   


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