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Letter from Matthew Flinders to Ann Chappelle (5 of 41) (FLI25) Page 1

Miƒs Chappelle
    Partney near Spilsby

                        16 King St Soho — Jan. 16. 1801

    I arrived here, my dear friend, yesterday. I fear that the little
command I had over myself, during the few dear distreƒsing mo-
ments that we spent together, augmented thy uneasineƒs. Ah An-
nette, thou callest me thy friend, but I doubt I have been a
bitter enemy to thee; and was I to dwell upon the agitated
sighs that, from my bosom, have been in almost continual
search after thee, it would not perhaps decrease thy disquie
-tude; I will therefore constrain my pen and forbear.
    When pondering upon thee and thy behaviour, on my return
from Partney, after the evening I spent there, I did entertain a
suspicion, that thou wouldst have no great difficulty in get-
ting the better of thy uneasineƒs; but the last morning did, in a
great measure, alter my opinion. Indeed, my dear friend, the
character thou hast before given me of thyself is either incor
-rect, or else — or else, I don't know what. Thou hast said that
thou art "ardent, sanguine"; that "thy feelings are too powerful
"for thy reason". When at Spilsby and Partney, my anxious
eye has dwelt upon thee for five minutes together, considering
thee as this character, and saying, now she loves me too; then
have I expected to meet an equally anxious look; — but
no, — thou wast either attending to something indifferent, or

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