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Letter from Matthew Flinders to Ann Flinders (30 of 41) (FLI25) Page 1

Mrs Anne [sic] Flinders
      Partney near Spilsby

Annotation: No 38         June 7th 1810

                            Wilhems Plains in the Isle of France
                                          June 15. 1809

My dearest friend

      I am awaked at five o'clock this morning with
the information that all the English prisoners in this island are to be
exchanged with our ships cruizing off, and that if I wish to write
by them my letter must be at the port before noon: and in that case,
captain Henry Lynne of the navy, one of the prisoners with whom I
have had some correspondence, will take charge of them. The only letter
I have time to write for England, is to thee my best love; to say to the [sic]
that my health is good, and my situation as yet exactly the same, and
in the same family as before.
      Ships are expected daily from France, and as I know
that one copy of my memoir to memorial to the marine minister is ar-
rived, I hope for the speedy reception of an order, either to set me at liber-
ty or to send me to France, which general De Caen shall not be able
to find pretexts to avoid executing. My great apprehension is, that
the ships bearing copies of this order, being taken by our cruizers, all the
letters will be thrown overboard, and my imprisonment be thus prolonged
by my very countrymen. — I have written to admiral Bertie, comman-
der in chief at the Cape, who I hope will take such measures as that
I may have my liberty in August or September, if I am not sent to
France before; but my disappointments have been so great and so nume-

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