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Letter from John Franklin to Matthew Flinders (FLI01)

            H M Ship Bedford Downs
            November 1st 1810.

My dear Sir,

    Some apology would be neceƒsary for the
abrupt manner I left you, except under the peculiar
circumstance that my departure was taken. – I felt so
Sensibly the affecting Scene of your meeting Mrs Flinders
that I could not have remained any longer in the room
under any consideration; nor could I be persuaded to
call a second time that day – though I had the strongest
desire to See Mrs Flinders before I left London. Will
you have the goodneƒs to say to Mrs F that I had only
Received her addreƒs from Mr Standert the evening before
your arrival, and had proposed to call the very morning
you reached London.

Captain Flinders's being in England seems to me even
now a mystery – had I not seen the well known
countenances I still might doubt–: after the
unjust and unexpected detention you have suffered,
all things may be reconcilable to some minds — and
persons may doubt without deserving the charge
of obstinacy —

At our meeting I was much agitated – and might perhaps
have given wrong answers to the enquiries you made
after the old Investigator's – I will endeavour to
refresh my memory – and state how they are disposed
of – Olive is Purser of the Heir Apparent prison ship
at Portsmouth – Purdie was surgeon of the Pompee
Inman is the Profeƒsor of the Naval College Portsmouth
a very good appointment. Mart's carpenter of the
Bellerophon Lacey & Lincoln are dead – S Lound
mid of the Warrior – I have not heard of Bell. The
ships company were divided in China, and have been
since distributed into different ships – Walter Freeman
and Jms Barnet are in the Bedford, and have been most
anxious in their enquiries after Your health and
prospect of return – The old ship lies at Plymouth
cut down nearly to the waters edge; they were near
losing her during their paƒsage — in the gales off
Cape Town —

I hope Mr York received you with every attention; I understand
he patronizes merit, and being a man of science
would look favourably on your voyage –

My health which has been for the last few
months very indifferent – and if the Enemy
indicate any wish to come out – that idea must {exhibinate} under every fatigue – we lay
generally off Walcheren – but this is the Rendezvous
consequently the place where all letters must be
addreƒsed – I hope Sir you will favour me
by writing – when you have anything to {communicate}
about the voyage – or at any convenient time, {believe}
me I feel very warmly interested in your welfare
and happineƒs – and shall always be anxious to hear
of both.

Present my respects to Mrs Flinders – I should have
acknowledged the receipt of her letter from Enderby
had not a severe illneƒs prevented – With much esteem

[ends here – signature cut away]

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Chappelle (Flinders), Ann
Flinders, Matthew
Olive, John
Inman, (Reverend) James
Mart, Russell
Lacey, Dennis
Lound, Sherrard
Yorke, (Rt Hon) Charles Philip
Franklin, John
Purdie, Robert
Standert, A.

Mavis Enderby

Heir Apparent

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