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Letter from Matthew Flinders to Ann Flinders (40 of 41) (FLI25)

Mrs Flinders
7 Mary Street
          Fitzroy Square

                            No 2 Common Hard — Portsea
                                        May 24. 1812

      Our experiments, my dear love, are finished on board
the Loire; and tomorrow, if the weather will permit, we begin
with the Bomb: they will take us two, or three, days, according
to the weather and the alacrity of the officers and people on board.
The instant they are done, I shall fly to town; and think, that if not rainy, I shall certainly be there on Friday, and perhaps
Thursday: my next letter will tell thee more precisely.
      Until Saturday, I had laborious work, sometimes dining
at two, sometimes at eight, as I could catch it. On Saturday I
had a little leisure, and again went over to Gosport, to see
captain and Mrs Portlock and Dr Burney: the latter I think
to be rather a dull Sctochman; [sic] but he is probably solid: He
got me to promise him an article on the Magnetism of ships, for
his new edition of Falconers' Dictionary. I could scarcely do
less; for in ^ his speaking of the Marine Barometer, an article which
was shewn me, I have received a tolerably handsome sugaring.
Andrew was out playing at cricket, so that I did not see him;
but understood he was very well, and the doctor seems to entertain a

favourable opinion of his abilities. I very much fear I shall not
be able to get a ship for him here.
      I have not dined any where, except at home, since last
Sunday; today again I am going to my friend Parks'. The commis-
sioner seems to have no inclination to ^ be civil. Sir Richard Bic-
apologised for apparent want of attention, from the repairs
of his house obliging him to remove into lodgings.
      Thy letter informing me of what had arrived, came
duly to hand. I wish thou couldst have told me of a letter from
Mr Wiles of Jamaica, containing a remittance, rather than of
John's letter speaking of his son. I suppose we shall hear more
of Henry when the ship arrives in Port.
      Since coming from the dock-yard Chapel, I have been
writing to captain Hurd an account of our experiments already
made; and this has thrown me so late, that it is now dinner
time and I am obliged to break off. If it will be any compensation
for a long letter, I can say, that this driving about, sometimes fasting
and then almost gorging, seems to agree mighty well with me; and
I feel more strong and active for it.
                Kind love to all at home from
                            thy affectionate husband
                                        Mattw Flinders

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