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NELSON, Horatio, Viscount (1758-1805). Autograph letter signed ('Horatio Nelson', written with his right hand) to Vice-Admiral [Samuel] Goodall, Agamemnon, 15 March 1795, 2½ pages, 4to, separate address leaf, trimmed and laid down, paper hinges, small traces of mount on blank verso of second leaf.

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NELSON, Horatio, Viscount (1758-1805). Autograph letter signed ('Horatio Nelson', written with his right hand) to Vice-Admiral [Samuel] Goodall, Agamemnon, 15 March 1795, 2½ pages, 4to, separate address leaf, trimmed and laid down, paper hinges, small traces of mount on blank verso of second leaf.

Writing after the successful engagement off the French Mediterranean coast on 13-14 March, Nelson refers to supplies of powder and shot required to put the Agamemnon in good order, reporting the numbers of wounded and continuing, 'The Enemy are fled and we are not running after them. Their orders from what I hear where [sic] to defeat the English fleet if they choose to fight & then to land & retake Corsica the Ça Ira has the Carriages for the Battering Cannon on board - 10,000 men are embarked on board the Transports at Toulon'. He concludes with a vigorous expression of his hope to get rid of 'Prizes and Lame ducks' and to continue Westward in pursuit of the British convoy which may be in danger.

Two days earlier Nelson, in pursuit of the French, had fiercely attacked the ICa Ira, under tow to another ship. Both surrendered to him and he sent the captains to Goodall. In the action Agamemnon, although her sails and rigging suffered badly, had only seven wounded, and had killed or wounded 110 of the French.
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