• Valuable Manuscripts and Print auction at Christies

    Sale 7760

    Valuable Manuscripts and Printed Books

    24 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 18

    NELSON, Horatio, Viscount Nelson (1758-1805). Autograph letter signed (with the right hand, 'Horatio Nelson') to [his uncle] William Suckling, off Port Mahon, 7 June [1795], referring to an enclosure for his mother, and giving strategic news, 'No reinforcements ... the French are not yet saild from Toulon but all ready 21 Sail of the Line 13 frigates, truly sorry am I that Lord Hood does not command us he is a great Officer & Was he here we should not now be skulking', one page, 4to, integral address leaf.

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    NELSON, Horatio, Viscount Nelson (1758-1805). Autograph letter signed (with the right hand, 'Horatio Nelson') to [his uncle] William Suckling, off Port Mahon, 7 June [1795], referring to an enclosure for his mother, and giving strategic news, 'No reinforcements ... the French are not yet saild from Toulon but all ready 21 Sail of the Line 13 frigates, truly sorry am I that Lord Hood does not command us he is a great Officer & Was he here we should not now be skulking', one page, 4to, integral address leaf.

    Nelson's implied criticism here of his commanding officer, Admiral Hotham, is a theme of his letters in 1795, during which Hotham twice failed to bring engagements with the French fleet to a decisive conclusion. Nelson had served under Lord Hood in 1793-4, notably at Toulon and Corsica.


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