7 December 2015
NELSON, Horatio. Autograph letter signed (“Nelson & Bronte”), to John McArthur, 20 May 1803. 2 pages, 4to. Inlaid. Matted and framed.
“I LOOK TO THE CAPTAINING” NELSON SMOOTHS A FRIEND’S INJURED FEELINGS AND DISCUSSES THE VICTORY
“I did not expect such a letter after all my attentions to your wishes,” Nelson writes, “but never mind. I do not deserve any reproach from any man I hope. I wrote you first that any arrangement you made was perfectly agreeable to me. Mr. Aldrige came in the way and as he had been used to the Victy I considered it the same thing to you, and so I still think. The new Purser of the Victory you know must be indifferent to me. I look to the captaining and I have repeatedly said to you that I could not have the least objection to your going in her. I think Capt. Sutton will get into a serious scrape with the Admiralty for giving you leave of absence…I never showed you any inattention and therefore little expected so unkind a letter, but I am still the same towards you…” [With:] [NELSON & BRONTE.] Manuscript document, with secretarial signature (“Nelson & Bronte”), 21 October 1805. 1 page, folio. Matted and framed. A transcription of Nelson’s testimonial to the intelligence services performed by Emma Hamilton. “I leave Emma Lady Hamilton therefore a Legacy to my King and Country, that they will give her an ample provision to maintain her rank in life…” Together 2 items.
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