On my arrival here I found a French Ship ready to sail, but unfortunately I was not so well prepared for such an opportunity, because being in a packet myself I conceived it was needless. The delays however of a Dutch Navigation induced me to believe you will receive this account before I arrive, & therefore am anxious to send it to you just as it is. In this you will see Sir the misfortunes of a Man who pledges his honor to you, could not be forseen or guarded against, whose conduct will bear the test of the minutest enquiry and who only regrets that you should see him so unsuccessful. But altho I have failed in the completion of my undertaking, I had accomplished most assuredly, the most difficult part of it. My sufferings have been very great, but through the whole, that no dishonor could be reflected on your recommendation I have endeavor'd to make the remaining part of my Voyage of some avail. Even in my distressed situation, I went in search of Fidgee Isld's. & discovered them, or a number of others through which I sailed, and have made a decent survey of them with respect to their situation. I have also done the same on the Coast of New Holland from the lat'd. 13° South, & passed to the north'd. of Capt. Cook through the Prince of Wales's Islands in lat'd. about 10°.30′S. I was fearfull having no arms to go near to New Guinea, otherwise I would have determined how far Endeavor Streights was an elligible pass for shipping, but that perhaps is already done. I have been very Ill and am still an Invalid, but I hope to see you in the Month of April, if I can persuade a terrible old Fellow of a Dutch Man to carry sail.
I am Dear Sir with much respect Your faithfull and obedient Hmble Servant Wm Bligh