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Sailors praying after the Battle of the Nile

Glasgow, December 25. Copy of a letter from the Mate of an East-India ship to his wife in Cartsdyke, near Greenock.

My Dear,

   "This is to acquaint you that I am yet living; and I do think there is not on earth a more remarkable instance of the great mercy and goodness of God, than has been shewn in my preservation. I arrived in India the 15th of August, 1753 [?], and agreed to go Mate along with Capt.Hugh Kennedy, an old Comrade of mine in Virginia. I will be particular in my first voyage, and I hope you will chuse what follows to be put in the News-Papers, that all concerned may have a true and impartial account of the fate of their friends and relations.

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