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Letter from John Franklin to Matthew Flinders (FLI01) Page 1

            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 —

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