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. Bourne to Doane, London, 12 Oct. 1776, DNA
Microcopy 162, Case 30, No. 29:
“My situation here is very unhappy as you may well think being seperated from my Family
and friends; But it is neither in my power to change it nor in the least degree prudent
to attempt it this winter without exposing my person and leaving your property unguarded. Therefore [I] must for the present remain here until I can return with more Safety to myself and
After reporting that his presence in England was working to Doane's great advantage,
“I am determined to make one Effort ere belong to see you and all friends when I find the gathering of the Storm to abate. When
the Brigantine returns [from Gibraltar] I may sell her but that depends on Circumstances and price. Be assured that I have
nothing more at heart than the welfare and interest of my friends and if it be in
my power to add to their happiness and Interest I shall ever be ready to do it, tho'
at the expence of my own small private fortune.”