Captain George Duff
Died in command of H M S Mars 21st October 1805
To his wife's brother, Brigadier-General Dirom
October 1[, 1805]
Many thanks, my very good friend, for your letter, and for your kindness to all at home. You would hear from Sophia that our youngsters joined me about ten days ago. I was luckily coming from Gibraltar.
I understand from good authority that on the 14th ult. a dispatch came from Buonaparte, by way of Madrid, desiring the combined fleet to put to sea; but after a council of war from sunrise to sunset, they returned for answer, that it would not be proper their going to sea with our present fleet in the offing. Since that time we have been joined by Lord Nelson.
My best wishes attend you and yours; and if you can offer my best respects and thanks to Lord Moira, for his kindness to me, you will much oblige your most sincere friend,
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