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Letter from Matthew Flinders to Ann Flinders (24 of 41) (FLI25) Page 2

profitable manner. On my arrival in England, if the E.I. Company shall
think the circumstances of our voyage of sufficient consideration to com-
plete their promise, I shall have nearly £200 to receive from them, and I
hope also some pay due to me; so that upon the whole, my love, if I live
to return to England and get all these matters arranged, there is a pros-
pect that the interest of the whole, added to my half pay, will enable us to
live with some comfort, even should not the admiralty chuse [sic] to give me
employment. If any indemnification for what I have suffered here should
be made by the French government, it will alter the circumstances in our
favour; and in the ^ above calculation I make no allowance for the advantages
that may possibly accrue from the publication of my voyages.
      Having thus discussed the subjects of thy arrangement with Mr
Tyler and of our general interest, I return to those of love and friendship.
It is now my dearest friend fourteen months since the date of thy last
letter received here. I much fear that some subsequent ones have been lost or
detained, since the opportunities of writing by the way Mr Aken informed
thee are constant. The arrival of thy letters forms the greatest epochs in my
present monotonous life, and I sigh for them as for the most desired of
blessings; next to the liberation which should permit me to fly to thy arms
they afford me the greatest happiness I can receive. The improvement in
thy health, the constancy of thy affection, and the continued kindness of
our friends to thee, are the subjects which I call to my aid, to keep off
that depression of spirits which so many causes are ever ready to excite, and
I receive consolation from them. Cease not then, my best beloved, to write
often if thou wouldst preserve me from distraction. A six months
longer silence, without such an increase in my prospects as to give
me the strongest assurance of obtaining liberty may, alas, — be pro-
ductive of disastrous consequences. Such an accession of despair as
I experienced in September, would be more than my mind could sup-
-port. As I told thee in my last, should no important change take
place before the end of May next, I must and will attempt some-
-thing. Great risks must be run and sacrifices made, but my ho-

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