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Reference for the son of Nelson's secretary

HARDY, Sir Thomas Masterman (1769-1839). Vice-admiral. Captain of the Victory at Trafalgar.
Autograph Letter Signed to Locker, 2 pages 8vo (traces of former mounting on the integral blank), no place, 8 May 1836. Sending a reference for John Scott, 'the son of the late Secretary to Lord Nelson'.
Nelson's secretary, also called John Scott, perished at the Battle of Trafalgar when he was sliced in two by a cannon ball. Nelson himself fell at the exact spot, still wet with blood, where Scott was killed.
'... he has never made application to me for pecuniary aid, altho' he has frequently applied to me to get him a situation in some public office. He was discharged from Somerset House as one of the Clerks, when the Reduction took place. His Elder Brother is now a Clerk in the India House. ...'
Together with two original issues of The London Gazette Extraordinary of 6 November and 27 November 1805, the earlier containing a copy of a letter from Vice-Admiral Cuthbert Collingwood to William Marsden announcing the death of Lord Nelson (weakness in the folds, with the loss of some letters). The later issue also contains a copy of a letter from Collingwood to Marsden, with further details of the Battle of Trafalgar.
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