7 June 2006
NELSON, Horatio, Viscount (1758-1805). Autograph letter signed ('Nelson & Bronte') to Major General [William Anne] Villettes, Victory off Toulon, 7 October 1803, 2 pages, 4to, integral blank, docketed by recipient (offsetting of text onto integral blank, light soiling at folds), tipped into an album, green morocco.
'A JUMBLE ABOUT THE TRANSPORTS': Nelson writes to ask for assistance with small boats, 'in the little time I was at Malta I fear I made a Jumble about the transports', having ordered two for Villettes' own use, not knowing that Malta was in need of transports: 'all my wish was and in which I am sure you heartily coincide to put our Country to no more expence than is necessary'. The letter closes with expressions of Nelson's 'warmest attachment'.
William Anne Villettes, of Huguenot extraction, had gained Nelson's respect during their service together at Bastia in 1794; at the time of this letter he was the military commander-in-chief in the Mediterranean, based in Malta.
Contact Client Service
New York +1 212 636 2000
London +44 (0)20 7839 9060
Asia +852 2760 1766
No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT at 15% will be added to the buyer's premium which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis.
The theoretical physicist’s PhD thesis, key papers, wheelchair and more, offered in a special online sale at Christie's
As its decor is offered at auction on 20 November, we look back on the nightclub’s history as a playground for the rich and famous, from Frank Sinatra to Diana Ross
From the Hollywood Hills to the heart of Hong Kong, five elevated escapes with a bird’s-eye view of the city