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    I imagine if they were effectively on government business they could have asked for the money back on expenses? I don’t know how it worked, but if looking at other cases where people have spent money on admiralty business out of their own purse and want it back, they submit receipts and ask.

    On a tangental note to your second main question, I was wondering how many officers took a second home or lodging near to where their ship was based? I am researching William Gough (1722-1760) and though he lived in Gloucestershire, one of his children was baptised in Hampshire, and with his ship at Spithead, it occurred to me that he and his wife might have rented a place nearer to the ship for that period?

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