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" and have had time for no information upon ' which any good opinion can be formed.
. I have just got into possession of a great house, without any one convenience. François is perplexed ; and for some days I must • live upon the public, for here there is no ' such thing as an inn..
The situation of the town is beautiful. I * look forward to hear from you by the packet. My love to all, and believe me,
• My dear Mother,
• Messina, September 16th, 1807. * My dear Mother,-For some reasons ' which we know not, no packet sailed for * this in July ; that which arrived yesterday, • left England the 7th of August; and
brought me sundry letters from you and all ' the rest of the family, in different dates • from the 15th of June to the 29th July, the • - last was from Graham. I find you are all * well except Jane, who has suffered for at
tempting too much, and from the heat of *the weather. I hope, however, by this time • she also is well. Upon the whole, consider*ing our number, to have only one slightly • indisposed, is cause of joy, and I feel much ' rejoiced accordingly.
• I had seen in the foreign papers Graham's appointment to the Marlborough. James • tells me he thinks him quite well enough to
serve, and if so, he was quite right to apply. · I wish we could meet and serve together.
· Upon succeeding to the command, it was necessary for me to go to Palermo ; and I ' was absent a month, from the middle of · July to the middle of August. The heat * this summer has been excessive, the people say, beyond what they ever remember. I myself never felt so uncomfortable from · heat, even in the West Indies. Whether it
was from this, or any other cause, I was • ill the last week at Palermo, and was
obliged to return by sea to this place. I • have gained strength daily since my return, and am now as well as ever. You may be
• lieve I have little time to be ill; for since * the peace of Tilsit, we can expect no other • than to be attacked here. This government
gives much trouble, and our Minister, instead of aiding, counteracts me; and our force, • weakened by the expedition to Egypt, is
insufficient. The Admiral, Thornborough, • fortunately is an excellent man, everything ' that is good in the sailor's character, and we are accordingly in close union : and so I hope that, whatever happens, England will • not be able to say we have not done our
duty. * James has written to me in better spirits • than usual.
'I shall, before the packet sails, write to various branches of the Moores. I have begun with you, as is right I should. My • kindest remembrance to Jane, whose letter gave me, as usual, pleasure. Always, my dear Mother,
JOHN MOORE.' • I purpose sending you a silk shawl the
* manufacture of this place, not but what you ' could get a better in London, but it would 'not be a present from my son from Sicily.'
• Gibraltar, Dec. 12th, 1807. • My dear Mother,—The packet came in ' here yesterday, and I had the pleasure to • receive your
letter of the 2nd of November. * It is very natural you should be a little low • in separating from Graham ; but from this
of course you will recover, when you con' sider that he is following the career which is alike honourable and becoming.
• I had letters from him from Cawsand-bay: • he did not then know he was coming so • near to me. I arrived here with my troops
on the 1st of this month. I left them to complete the transports with water and provisions, for we had a five weeks passage ' from Sicily, and immediately proceeded off ' the Tagus, to communicate with Sir Sydney • (Smith), with whom my instructions di' rected me to co-operate. I was flattering ' myself with the hope of seeing Graham, but
• before I reached the Tagus, the bird was • flown, and Graham had proceeded with the command of four line-of-battle ships, to
convey the Royal Family of Portugal to the • Brazils. This is a very honourable com
mand, and consoled me in a great measure · for my disappointment.
« The service for which I was intended is passed, and I am about to return with the ' troops I command to England, where I
trust I shall arrive about the end of Janu' ary, and sooner, if we are fortunate in our
, passage; expect to leave this in three days. Orders were sent to detain me in
Sicily, but I had already left it, which I • consider as a fortunate circumstance, as, all things considered, that command had no • longer charms for me.
· I shall give you a call on my way to Lon• don, and shall, after I have performed my
duty there, return to you, and shall be most 'glad if I am allowed to pass a few months with
you in quiet. I am, you may believe, not a little occu