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Providence at Spithead
July 17th 1791

Dear Sir,

I arrived here yesterday, when I had the pleasure to receive your kind letter of the 9th, and return you my sincere thanks for your very good wishes towards my little family. -- I am exceedingly glad to hear that my orders are in such forwardness, & that there is a prospect of your having but very little trouble to get them completed. -- The necessary duty of the ship may take me a week. -- I shall take care to procure the Hellebore & have informed the gardners of it. -- they promise to be very attentive good men. -- When I left Town Mr. Dalrymple had from me a plan of Oparre Harbour, [Tahiti] which he was so obliging as to say he would get engraved, & I lent him a Copy of my log from Timor to Batavia which describes the places I touched at on the North side of Java, & will complete the account of my Voyage whenever you may be at leisure to give directions to Capt. Burney about it. -- Should Peckover my late Gunner ever trouble you to render him further services

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