3 December 2003
NELSON, Horatio, Viscount (1758-1805). Autograph letter signed ('Nelson & Bronte'), to Admiral [Sir Richard Rodney] Bligh, Victory, 12 October 1804, one page, 4to (browned where exposed to light), integral blank leaf (tape at centre fold); and a portrait engraving.
Advice about Bligh's son's chances of promotion. 'Your son has never done wrong that I can answer for since he sail'd in the Victory and I wish I could promote him but I see no prospect, the Admiralty fill all Vacancys except Death & nobody will die'.
Nelson also thanks Bligh for newspapers and pamphlets, and recommends that he should ask Lord Melville (about his son). George Miller Bligh was a lieutenant on the Victory, and was gravely wounded at Trafalgar.
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