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Letter from William Owen to Matthew Flinders (2 of 3) (FLI01) Page 2

produced a sentiment such as I wished, and Consequently
Mauritius will be attacked w. a force little Short of twenty Thou-
sand — I wrote on the principle of saving blood, and ill blood; this
Principle I know you wou'd have admired, however its execution might
want the Charm of Arrangement. – – – –
        The Generals prevailed on me at last to take the superin-
-tendance of the Transports to be Employed, for the purpose of super-
-intending the disembarkation of the Troops who shall avenge
your wrongs. — I accepted it by the Admirals Appointment, and
because My Brig is to the Eastward and her return uncertain –
      My Court Martial Acquitted me the 15th Ulto on the 19th I
was shipped Captain Supt of Transports, on £140 per month
with two Lieutenants under me. One of them Young Vidal my
Youngster who saw you at Mauritius. An Expedition will sail
hence in leƒs than ten days, I hope. — 'tis rather late but not too late.
I only (I have ^ been broken off for five hours) fear the Bengall
part will not be in Time for us.       I need not say My Dear
Sir how much I wish all may go on in your way as
well as yourself can desire. I am so plagued that
I can not proceed with your letter – I have ten fellows
waiting answers & eight ships to mind – a detail
the which I wou'd not do for Love or Money but as
an occasion such as this which is so well
calculated to call forth all the Energies of Your
                  W F W Owen

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