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Letter from Isabella Tyler to Matthew Flinders (FLI01) Page 3

and is very soon to be married to a young Dutch man,
he came over last autumn to see her, and, as on account of
the war, intercourse between England & Holland was cut
off, he continued to get out in an American, conceal'd in a
box of hams, it must be pretty good kind of love I think
that would keep a man alive in a box of bacon. You
perhaps recollect my two cousins Bell & Elizabeth Hip=
, you will be surprised to hear that Bell is become
a very elegant woman, not handsome it is true, but
a remarkably fine figure, very tall (Do you know
I am not a bit bigger than your wife, how provoking,
when of all things I wish to be tall) I spent three months
with them last winter, the first time I have visited
the Metropolis since I went with you, my Aunt looks
quite young as ever, and my Uncle is as disagreeable
nay, if I must speak the truth, I shall say ten times
more disagreeable if poƒsible, than when I saw him
before —— Do you think you shall ever see dear little
England again? Don't you long to see its white cliffs.
I'm sure you must. I have for many years laid by my
best gowns for the purpose of visiting Captain Flinders
on his return, in the event of his being made Port Admiral
but I have so repeatedly been disappointed that I have
given up the practice — Give my love to all the D'Arifats

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