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charged I-at his own request. It puts me to
ittle, or no inconvenience, as I make Hart master ;
and am just deliberating whether C--can be trusted
chief. I--is a good man ; but the jealousy he
gave way to, respecting M-, jaundiced his mind.
His last blow up has been with Hart ; but it is a mere pretence ; I would not have any harm come to him, ai*d wish to treat him with every consideration, present ^d future, for under other circumstances he would be a valuable servant. You remember how clearly I fore-this occurrence, and yet, now that I am acquainted
with M--, and can see the value of his services, it
18 ^possible for me to part with him unless he commits some fault. Hart I intend making master, as
I said before, for M-in that situation would be
thrown away, and Hart deserves it at my hands, and fully competent to undertake the charge. What intends I know not ; I should greatly prefer his leaving the vessel likewise, for he is sure to do so soon, keing physically unfit for the undertaking, and morally, fortitude insufficient to dip his feet in cold water. Believe me, my friend, that this gives me the most ^alloyed satisfaction, for to have the foolish fellows at si*es and sevens with their paltry jealousy is not bear-long ; and the effect its continuance has on the good feeling of the vessel, highly detrimental.
March.aI sail to-morrow. These matters
^ve detained me several days ; and I--'s state of
imbecility has caused some confusion. Vol. i. Dimbecility has caused some confusion. Vol. i. D