Letter from James Fea to John Gow
8.00am, 17th February 1725

By 17th February, James Fea is clearly in a much stronger position. John Gow is in desperate need of his assistance for the Revenge will not be able to be refloated off the Calf of Eday.

17th, 8 of the clock. Mattin.

I receive yours from on board the Revenge dated 16th inst, 1725. I am surprised that a youth of your education should not have better manners than to challenge me upon a lye. You confidently assert what I have already refused, that they are carpenters here. Your informer is certainly a rogue. What I meaned by your coming on shore with you carpenter you have taken in wrong sense. You desire James Laing to come on board, but if he would go I dare not give hostage to you; but I thought you had been such a man as a boy. I pray you seriously consider qt a thing it is to burn everlastingly: I pray you repent and amend, and by soe doeing you'll get a sight of your folly, and turn unto the Lord, for he will have mercie, and takes no delight in the death of a sinner. He is certainly a mad man that would nott wish for the longest life, and evite the severest torments, and if you and crew would take a serious prospect of the blessed state of those who expect forgiveness, which certainly you'll get, if you heartily and faithfully doe. You wrote my wife, and offered her a compliment, wch she did not want and returned. However, she condoles your condition and wishes you forever to doe well and repent. I am a well-wisher of all good men, and will be to you if you amend. This is the last you may expect from me.

James Fea

The Real Captain Cleveland (1912), Allan Fea, p111-112