3 June 2009
NELSON, Horatio, Viscount (1758-1805). A set of sixteen 'Weekly account[s] of the R[igh]t Hon[oura]ble Sir W[illia]m Hamilton, and the R[igh]t Hon[oura]ble Lord Visc[oun]t Nelson', 21 June 1802 - 4 April 1803 (with gaps), two signed by Nelson, 'Paid by Lord Nelson Feb[rua]ry 9 [March 12th] 1803 Nelson & Bronte', two others with financial calculations in Nelson's hand, all accounts signed by Francis White (presumably Hamilton's steward), together 16 pages, folio, the majority on bifolia, dockets.
An engaging series of domestic accounts for Nelson's famous ménage à trois with Sir William and Emma Hamilton in Merton: the weekly disbursements, whose totals vary from £27-1-7½ in late June 1802 to £156-4-4 in March 1803, are for tradesmen and foodstuffs, ranging from the butcher, the greengrocer and the fishmonger (on one occasion £6-8-6 for oysters) to washing and in some cases household wages. On the accounts which Nelson has signed he pays half of the household expenses, the balance being paid by Francis White for Sir William Hamilton; on the remaining accounts the whole sum is paid by Francis White.
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