Gore's Family Letters

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Graham Gore to John Gore (1839)

This letter was sent from the HMS Volage as it travelled through the mediterranean, to his father John Gore, then already residing in New South Wales. A transcription (the original does not exist anymore) can be found in the Gore-Galloway collection of the National Museum Australia, under reference 2008.0021.0027 (“Typed letter from Graham Gore to his father dated July 1839”). 

H M S Volage
Madras July 13th. 1839.

My Dear Father

Finding there is a vessel to sail for Sydney tomorrow morning, I have just risen from my bed, to write a few lines and the press of time must be my excuse for its shortness, which I am the more sorry for as I have a great deal to say_ On the western part of this station where I have almost solely been, no opportunity has occurred to send a letter, and I had almost given it up as a forlorn hope except thro’ England_. My letter from the Cape I hope you received giving you an account of my Indian trip as the last resource of getting to Sydney_ as yet it has proved of no service to me but may be in the end. You will have seen in the papers our affair at Aden, which speaks of itself, from the first Luff and and two Mid’s being made and in consequence your hopeful son is about to become, from boots, the premier luff of the Commodore’s ship on the station; Captain Smith having requested the Adml. to appoint no one senior to me. Altho’ I have only received one letter thro’ England from you I have met several persons who know you personally, Captain Hopson to wit, Lieut. Mason, who dined at your house and others; and really from their description one almost feels inclined to throw everything up, and go to New South Wales, but (it may be very foolish) I have always  had a presentiment, I shall one day arrive at the top of the tree whether I like it or not_ Sir Graham Moore has Plymouth, he has always proved the kindest of friends, not content with the service he has already done me, but writing to Sir J Maitland to request he will, if not interfering with the Service, give me an opportunity of visiting Sydney_ Sir F has paid me a great attention, and told me the first time I saw him, that Sir G need only have mentioned whose son I was, to have ensured every service he could render me. He appears to have known you (I think) when at tio in the Marlborough_

You may suppose my dear father, how anxious I am to see you  all, after so long an absence, no exertion on my part shall keep me from you longer than the Service requires_ We are about to sail for China where as far as appearance goes, we stand a chance of having a double fight, not exactly both there, but one with the Chinese, and the other with the old ladies of England_ Appearances are not quite so warlike as they were, but still in England every nerve appears to be strained to meet anything that may turn up_

When you next write, direct to the care of Parry and Dere_ Madras, and do tell me how I am to direct a letter to Charlotte, whether as Miss C. Gore or Mrs. C Wylde and believe me altho’ I have as poor Mrs Mould used to say (The Gore failing) you are almost upner_ most in my mind_ By the bye, I have had news about them, poor Anna is no more, and the two uncles also_ John is a Surgeon and married. I dont include the latter as bad news.

Wishing you all every thing that a sincerely affectionate and dutiful Son can wish

Believe me My Dear Father
Your Affectionate & Dutiful Son
Graham Gore.