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Captain Benjamin Westcott
Letter to Parents 1809

Following Benjamin's dismissal from the Royal Navy for the loss of the "Diamond Rock", there is a gap in the record. The first verifiable evidence that he was alive and well comes from this letter, written in 1809 from Dublin to his parents in London. Now a ship's captain, he reports that he is busy, and that he has sent them two large money orders.

Mr. Benjn Westcott
No. 10 Great Warner Street
Cold Bath Square

Dublin 21st July 1809

My dear Father & Mother

I have some hopes of being able to see you soon how great the pleasure will be I have not Words to Express after so long a seperation it would be the greatest Happiness this World could afford. No doupt you have received some of my letters since I have had the Ship Prince of Asturias. I Wrote you from St. Thomas's a few days before I sailed from there with the homeward bound Convoy, and now I have Arrived here and expect to proceed to Liverpool in Eight or Ten days and expect my Employers will be able to dispence with my Services for a short time, Not a line have I from you since last June Twelve Months at Falmouth where I sent my Father a Stamp Order to receive £342..9..6 from Messrs. Ommanney & Druce In May last I sent you a Bill of Exchange for £129..7..6 - Addressed to Messrs. Nelson & Morriss, Merchants payable in London pray let me know in your
next if you have received anything from Ommanney & Druce & if you have received the Bill of Exchange I sent you from St. Thomas - And If you presented it. You must Excuse so short a letter as I Write in great haste hopeing soon to have an Answer from you Informing me of you all being Well & hearty As I am thank God Although driving about from place to place, I believe I have no reason to be dessattisfied with my lott without Relations, without friends, I have always been Enabled to get through the World pretty decently

So now I must Conclude with Assuring my beloved parents that they are as dear to me as ever, that my last farthing shall ever be at their Services Sisters & Brothers

I remain Yours Affectionately
Benjn. Westcott

direct to
Captn B. Westcott
of Ship Prince of Asturias
Care of Mrs.Gorman
Nelson Tavern
Berrisford place

Thanks: William Fitzpatrick [XII-2013]