The dispatches and letters of vice admiral ... Nelson, with notes by sir N.H. Nicolas, Volume 1

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Henry Colburn, publisher, Great Marlborough Street [printed by G.J. Palmer, Savoy St. Strand], 1844

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This is not "by" Horatio Nelson. It is a collection of his letters compiled well after his death by Sir Nicholas Harris Nicolas.


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Page 308 - Lady Hamilton has been wonderfully kind and good to Josiah. She is a young woman of amiable manners, and who does honour to the station to which she is raised.
Page 176 - Have you not often heard,' says he, in another letter, 'that salt water and absence always wash away love ? Now I am such a heretic as not to believe that faith ; for, behold, every morning I have had six pails of salt water poured upon my head, and instead of finding what seamen say to be true, it goes on so contrary to the prescription, that you must, perhaps, see me before the fixed time.
Page 64 - My situation in Lord Hood's Fleet must be in the highest degree flattering to any young man. He treats me as if I was his son, and will, I am convinced, give me anything I can ask of him : nor is my situation with Prince William less flattering.
Page 119 - ... was impossible, during this visit, for any of us to make out his real character ; there was such a reserve and sternness in his behaviour, with occasional sallies, though very transient, of a superior mind. Being placed by him, I endeavoured to rouse his attention by showing him all the civilities in my power; but I drew out little more than 'Yes,' and 'No.' If you, Fanny, had been there, we think you would have made something of him, for you have been in the habit of attending to these odd sort...
Page 1 - Lutwidge complied with, and has continued the strictest friendship to this moment Lord Mulgrave, whom I then first knew, maintained his kindest friendship and regard to the last moment of his life. When the boats were fitting out to quit the two ships blocked up in the ice, I exerted myself to have the command of a four-oared cutter raised upon, which was given me, with twelve men, and I prided myself that I could navigate her better than any other boat in the ship.
Page 112 - ... first upon deck with his quadrant. No one there could be behindhand in their business when their captain set them so good an example. One other circumstance I must mention which will close the subject, which was the day we landed at Barbadoes. We were to dine at the Governor's. Our dear captain said, 'You must permit me, Lady Hughes, to carry one of my aid-de-camps with me...
Page xxv - I passed my degree as master of arts on the 9th instant (that is, passed the lieutenant's examination), and received my commission on the following day for a fine frigate of thirty -two guns. So I am now left in the world to shift for myself, which I hope I shall do, so as to bring credit to myself and friends.
Page 126 - I have received a letter from Mr. Herbert, in answer to that which I left at Nevis for him. My greatest wish is to be united to you; and the foundation of all conjugal happiness real love and esteem, is, I trust, what you believe I possess in the strongest degree towards you.
Page 270 - My not being appointed to a ship is so very mortifying that I cannot find words to express what I feel on the occasion...
Page 172 - I have the honour to be your Excellency's most obedient and most humble servant, JOHN ANDRE.

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