A letter from Raffles to the Duchess of Somerset

We have just suffered a sad Calamity-
but as we have been so long enured
to misfortune it perhaps falls more
lightly upon us than it otherwise
would have done- time does not
admit of my Writing a long letter &
therefore I take the liberty of enclosing
for your Grace’s private perusal, a
Copy of my Despatch on the subject,
written at the moment and in great
haste, but which will afford you
all particulars.

I have this day engaged another Ship
in which We hope to have better
fortune, but she will not be able
to sail till the end of next Month-
We however hope to be in England
still- by the end of July.

It was not enough that we
should have the danger of Storms

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