NELSON, Horatio, Viscount (1758-1805). Vice-admiral.
Autograph Letter Signed ('Nelson & Bronte' with the left hand) to Captain Webley of H.M. Sloop Savage, 1 page 4to with endorsed second leaf, Medusa, Nore, 11 August 1801. Assuring Webley that he would do all he could to promote his interests.
'I am very much obliged by your kind letter which I would have answered sooner but for the multiplicity of business I have to pass through. I feel very sensibly your offer of service and I assure you am most perfectly sensible of your worth as an officer and a man. I wish it was in my power to be useful to you. No-one would have greater pleasure in assisting your promotion than your most obliged & obedient Servant / Nelson & Bronte'.1801 was the year in which Nelson was promoted to vice-admiral and in which, on 29 January, Emma Hamilton was secretly delivered of a daughter, Horatia. That same day he learned that he would be second in command of the Baltic fleet, under Sir Hyde Parker. After the battle of Copenhagen in April Nelson was created Viscount Nelson of the Nile.
The letter is not in Dispatches and Letters ed. Sir Nicholas Harris Nicolas, nor in The New Letters ed.Colin White (2005).
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