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so at variance with his normal manner. Was he unhinged? But assuming that he is, it is not so susceptible of proof What then can he do? No more trying situation is conceivable than that of an officer subordinate a Captain whom he suspects to be, not mad indeed, but yet not unaffected in his intellects. To argue his order to him would be insolence. To resist him would be mutiny. In he communicated what had happened to the lieutenants & captain of marines; saying nothing as to the Captain's state. They fully shared his own surprise and concern.Like him too they seemed to think that such a matter should be referred to the Admiral.