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Letter from Captain Kent to Matthew Flinders (FLI01) Page 2

proof of our devoted Service being in the hands of a set of Borough – Mongers. –
Can it be poƒsible the Admiralty is so devoid of consideration as to expect you
to sit down, in so expensive a place as London, to put together your Voyage
for Publication without any allowance from Government? Why, my good
Friend, it is more than probable, any advantage that may arise to you
from such a Work, will not cover above half your expenses; and even of
that (by the account you give me) you have no certainty. – I conjure you
give the subject your serious attention, and do not suffer yourself to be
involved in debt to gratify persons who seem to have no feeling. – The
allowance of a Maritime Surveyor (a Guinea P. Day) is the smallest
sum that ought to be offered to you, whilst so employ'd. – If you explain
your situation to our worthy and considerate Friend Sir Joseph I am
persuaded he will endeavour to obtain justice. –
                  The first information I had of Samuels
misfortune was from Commodore Owen on my joining the Agincourt in the
Downes in 1808, who spoke of him in the handsomest manner. – As your
Brother knew my addreƒs in Town, it is to be regretted his not writing me
as soon as Charges were exhibited against him; for had he done so, I
wou'd have gone to Sheerneƒs, where it is likely I could have been useful,

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