discussing the arrival of his personal effects on board ("...my sopha & the Large chair are not in any of the list therefore I fear for them..."), commenting on the state of organisation at Portsmouth and that "the Victory is in a pretty state of confusion and I have not moved my Cot from the amphion", expressing his yearning for her company ("...Believe me I hate every thing here the misery of the Place is striking and without you I am sure every place will be the same...") and some envy towards the Prince of Wales ("...I admire the Princes calling but I am confident that none will get into your Company I feel strong on that point and you must think the same..."), writing of the fellow officers also arriving to take their stations, including Admiral Lord Gardner ("... I shall get from him as soon as I can for they say there is much drinking..."), Alexander Davison, John Scott ("...almost worn out running about for me...") Samuel Sutton, Captain of H.M.S. Amphion
("a good man but not so active as Hardy"), Lord Minto, and George Elliot, 3 pages, 4to, integral address panel, Portsmouth, 19 May 1803, postal markings, divided imperfect impression of Nelson's "Emma" seal in black wax, seal tear, some nicks at folds, slight browning to address panel
"...the Wind is fair and I am mad at being detained..."