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Letter from Captain Larkins to Matthew Flinders (1 of 2) (FLI01) Page 2

and my Officers, nor ought we to be otherways than gratefully thoughtful
for his liberal offers of pecuniary and friendly assistance – He, Sir,
is worthy your distinguishing friendship. I thank you sincerely
for your cautionary advice respecting my silence – of which I had
already been put on my guard – As yet, we have every reason
to be satisfied with the good disposition of the General towards us,
as well as of his intentions to allow of our early departure – which
latter, should it be obtained, I hope you will confide to my care
any packets, letters &c you may wish to be forwarded to England,
and personally delivered; resting on my punctuality to serve you.
I had the pleasure of being known to all your Officers, who proceeded
to England with the China Fleet, which had the honour of defeating the
intentions of Admiral Linois and his Squadron, to which fleet I had
the satisfaction of belonging – Young Sinclair– and Captain Park
were my passengers – both worthy persons – It will be im=
=possible, that the treatment which I have met with on this Island,
can ever be effaced from my memory – and the name of Belzin
must remain indelibly engraven on my remembrance – as
belonging to a man possessing everything which a man ought
to possess – I thank you for your solicitude about my wound
which, though not very troublesome, will remain a long impediment
to my usual exercises – and when I recall to my mind, that it was
by the hand of an Assassin I cannot but feel some mortification.
Had it been during the action I should have gloried in the
honourable scar but that unfortunately was not the case.
I should feel a particular pleasure in being able to have a few hours
of communication with you and, if possible, will inform you when

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Larkins, Thomas
Baudin, Charles
De Caen, Charles Mathieu Isadore
Linois, (Admiral)
Thistle, John
Park, (Captain)
Sinclair, Kenneth


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