• Valuable Manuscripts and Print auction at Christies

    Sale 7760

    Valuable Manuscripts and Printed Books

    24 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 19

    NELSON, Horatio, Viscount Nelson (1758-1805). Autograph letter signed ('Horatio Nelson') to Sir William Hamilton, n.p., 12 August 1798, informing him that as 'the greater part of this Squadron is going down the Med[iterranean]' they will not be requiring supplies of bread and wine ordered, promising to settle this 'if ever I live to see Naples' and concluding with the gratifying news that 'the French Army have got a complaint amongst them caused by the heat & nothing but water which will make Egypt the grave of the greater part', one page, 4to, integral blank, detached autograph address leaf, with signature, laid onto card and tipped on. Provenance: Morrison Collection (1894), vol.II, no.331; collection of Edwin Wolf 2nd; his sale, Christie's, 20 June 1990, lot 207; private collection.

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    NELSON, Horatio, Viscount Nelson (1758-1805). Autograph letter signed ('Horatio Nelson') to Sir William Hamilton, n.p., 12 August 1798, informing him that as 'the greater part of this Squadron is going down the Med[iterranean]' they will not be requiring supplies of bread and wine ordered, promising to settle this 'if ever I live to see Naples' and concluding with the gratifying news that 'the French Army have got a complaint amongst them caused by the heat & nothing but water which will make Egypt the grave of the greater part', one page, 4to, integral blank, detached autograph address leaf, with signature, laid onto card and tipped on. Provenance: Morrison Collection (1894), vol.II, no.331; collection of Edwin Wolf 2nd; his sale, Christie's, 20 June 1990, lot 207; private collection.

    Written only 11 days after the Battle of the Nile: Nelson was not to reach Naples until 22 September, when Sir William Hamilton and his wife, Emma, were prominent in the rejoicing which greeted him.


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