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    Re: HMS Bounty
    From: Carl Herzog
    Date: 2004 May 19, 09:34 -0400

    To some degree, the genesis of the Bligh's reputation as a tyrant came from
    the Christian family's efforts to clear Fletcher's name.
    
    As I recall, Fletcher's brother conducted his own "investigation" into the
    mutiny and self-published a tract pinning the blame on Bligh and his abusive
    ways. Though Bligh was innocent of any serious wrongdoing in the eyes of the
    Admiralty, the tide of public opinion was shifted somewhat out of his favor.
    The legend didn't come into full bloom until Nordhoff and Hall showed up.
    
    I can't remember where I read this account, but perhaps someone else can
    elaborate.
    
    Carl Herzog
    Providence, RI
    
    
    

       
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