Extract from a letter from Raffles to his sister Maryanne Flint

in less than five minutes more the
whole ship was One dreadful
flame – Fortunately we were able
to lower two small Boats which
hung over the Quarters & in these
we were glad to trust ourselves
to the mercy of the Waves, half
naked as we were without a
drop of Water or other refreshment –
there was not time to save or
secure a single article & poor
Sophia was en Chemise without
those Stockings or Covers for
her head – fortunately she caught
hold of her pelisse as a Wrapper
& this was all she had on –
poor Charles & little David both
were as they lay in bed, the
latter having been snatched from his Bed after it had caught
fire. We had a most

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