This message to you both saddens and yet gladdens me. I am sad to report that I will no longer command my warship Annabelle in taking on new adventures on the high seas.
My young children, as well as the children of my other captains, are all in school. Even many of my seamen had decided to become land owners with their own families. It is hard to recruit young seamen with a twit of skill. So your commander, Joseph, and his foremost captain, John, are now family men destined to spend their lives on shore.