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NELSON, AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED, TO ADMIRAL LUTRIDGE, 29 SEPTEMBER 1801

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  • Nelson
  • Autograph letter signed, to Admiral Skeffington Lutridge
  • ink on paper
mourning the death of his protégé Captain Edward Parker ("...thank God the to me dreadful scene is closed & time must soften down my feelings to a pleasing remembrance of his Worth...") and thanking Lutridge and his wife for their kindness to Parker, 1 page, 4to, HMS Amazon, 29 September 1801

Catalogue Note

NELSON REFLECTS ON THE DEATH OF A YOUNG CAPTAIN WHOM HE HAD JUST TAKEN ON AS AN AIDE-DE-CAMP. Edward Thornborough Parker (1780-1801) had served under Nelson on the Vanguard and the Foudroyant and became one of his favourite young officers. He took on his new role on the Medusa in July 1801 and was wounded in the thigh during Nelson's ill-judged second bombardment of Boulogne with bomb vessels on 15 August. The young man's wound festered over the following weeks and Nelson, in his anguish, increasingly began to refer to Parker as a surrogate son. When it was clear that the wound would prove fatal Nelson wrote to his doctor: "I beg that his hair may be cut off and given to me; it shall remain and be buried with me" (to Doctor Baird, 26 September 1801). Parker died the following day. This letter is apparently unpublished.
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