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HORATIO, VISCOUNT NELSON (1758-1805)

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HORATIO, VISCOUNT NELSON (1758-1805)

Autograph letter signed ('Nelson & Bronte') to Captain [Richard] Keats, Victory [off Sardinia], 27 December 1804, one page, 4to, integral blank leaf.

'I am very troublesome for must now send to the Superb for a few cases which are wanted to keep me from starving'. Nelson also proposes to 'lay too [sic]', to get letters from the Swiftsure, and invites Keats onto the Victory for five minutes.

At the beginning of December 1804 on learning of the arrival of Sir John Orde off Cadiz Nelson (who had had no communication from the Admiralty for twelve weeks) anticipated that he might shortly be recalled, writing to Keats that he might soon be 'your troublesome guest', and shipping some of his wine, and presumably other provisions, over to the Superb. His action, as the present letter shows, was premature, and it was only on 25 December that he received a letter of 6 October permitting him to return home which he then declined to do until another flag officer replaced Campbell (mentioned in a postscript to the present letter) who had been invalided home.

Much of the time spent waiting for the French fleet to break out of Toulon in the summer and autumn of 1804 was spent off Sardinia, principally at La Maddalena. Captain (later Admiral Sir Richard) Keats a protégé of the Duke of Clarence (later William IV) was one of Nelson's closest naval colleagues. The Superb took part in the chase to the West Indies and back between May and August 1805, but was not at Trafalgar having returned to England for repairs. Keats visited Nelson at Merton during his last home leave when Nelson appears to have discussed his battle plans with him. In 1821 he became Governor of Greenwich Hospital.
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