Victory, October 13, 1804.
MY DEAREST EMMA,
The dreadful effects of the yellow
fever, at Gibraltar, and many parts of Spain, will
naturally give you much uneasiness; till you hear
that, thank God, we are entirely free from it, and
in the most perfect health, not one man being ill
in the fleet. The cold weather will, I hope,
cure the disorder.
Whilst I am writing this letter, a
cutter is arrived from England with strong indications
of a Spanish war.
I hope, from my heart, that it will
not prove one. But, however that is, my die is
cast; and, long before this time, I expect, another
Admiral is far on his way to supersede me. Lord
Keith, I think a very likely man.
I should, for your sake, and for many
of our friends, have liked an odd hundred thousand
pounds; but, never mind. If they give me the
choice of staying a few months longer, it will be very
handsome; and, for the sake of others, we would give
up, my dear Emma, very much of our own felicity.
If they do not, we shall be happy with each other,
and with dear Horatia.
The cutter returns with my answers
directly; therefore, my own Emma, you must only fancy
all my thoughts and feelings towards you. They
are every thing which a fond heart can fancy.
I have not a moment; I am writing
and signing orders, whilst I am writing to my own
My life, my soul, God in Heaven bless you!
Your letter is September 16th, your last is August
I have not made myself understood,
about Mrs. Bolton’s money. You give away
Kiss our dear Horatia a thousand times, for your own
I send two hundred pounds, keep it for your own pocket
You must tell Davison, and Haslewood,
that I cannot answer their letters. Linton cannot
be fixed; but you will know whether I come home, or
stay, from Mr. Marsden.
God bless you!
Tell my brother, that I have made Mr. Yonge a Lieutenant,
Sea-horse frigate, Captain Boyle.
Once more, God bless my dearest Emma!
Write your name on the back of the
bill, if you send any person for the money.
I have scrawled three lines to Davison,
that he should not think I neglected him in his confinement.
I have received the inclosed from
Allen. Can we assist the poor foolish man with