NELSON, Horatia (1801-1881, daughter of Nelson and Lady Hamilton). Two autograph letters signed, the first (signed 'H.N. Nelson') to George Rose, Burnham, Norfolk, 24 October 1817, 2 pages, 4to, annotation in a later hand on 1st page, integral blank leaf and a letter by Rose; the second (signed 'H.N. Ward') to an unidentified correspondent ('My dear & old friend), n.p., n.d. [March 1850?], 4 pages, 8vo, and a letter by Sir Charles Phipps.
Horatia writes to Rose, her self-appointed guardian (who as Treasurer to the Navy had earlier assisted in the promotion of her father's naval career), asking for his help in securing preferment for Mr Blake, a curate, in order to facilitate their marriage (which was later called off). Rose's letter to an unidentified correspondent, enclosing Horatia's, expresses concern at her situation recalling that Nelson recommended Horatia to his care when he last sailed from Spithead. Horatia later married the Reverend Philip Ward (d.1849). The letter of March 1850 declines the 'kind intentions' conveyed by her correspondent on behalf of Prince Albert, whose offer of a presentation at Christ's Hospital for one of Horatia's sons is relayed in the letter by his Private Secretary, Sir Charles Phipps. Horatia lists her eight children, explaining that they are too old to take advantage of the offer. Comments by both Phipps and Horatia on the adverse effects of publicity probably refer to the debate over her parentage (she herself believed that she had been adopted). (4)