NELSON | autograph letter signed, to Alexander Davison, 13 October 1805
NELSON, HORATIO LORD
AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED ("NELSON & BRONTE"), TO ALEXANDER DAVISON
WRITTEN DAYS BEFORE THE BATTLE OF TRAFALGAR ("...some happy day I hope to get at their fleet and nothing shall be wanting on my part to give a good account of them..."), thanking him for his "kind & affectionate note", expressing regret that they did not meet during his final shore leave ("...I should have much rejoiced to see you but I was called away and I obeyd..."), commenting on the build-up to the coming battle ("...Sir Ed: Berry has had a narrow chance from the Rochford Squadron I hope Sir Robt. Calder will escape them..."), and thanking him for his continued help with financial affairs, 2 pages, 4to, detached blank, later secretarial docketing ("No. 96"), HMS Victory, 13 October 1805, with autograph address wrapper, complete black wax seal impression
NELSON'S FINAL LETTER TO HIS CLOSE FRIEND ALEXANDER DAVISON. Nelson had returned to the fleet blockading Cadiz on 29 September, and was waiting for the combined Franco-Spanish fleet to leave harbour, which they were to do when the wind turned on 18 October. He refers in this letter to the brilliant but narrow escape by his former flag-captain at the Nile, Sir Edward Berry (1768-1831), who had been pursued and raked by fire for seventy miles by the Rochefort Squadron when in command of the Agamemnon. Rear-Admiral Sir Robert Calder (1745-1818) was about to face the same enemy squadron as he returned to Britain to face a court martial for his indecisiveness the previous July, when Calder had failed to engage satisfactorily Villeneuve's fleet off Finisterre.
Nelson also takes this final opportunity to thank Davison for his kindness to Emma Hamilton and care for his finances. His gratitude was well warranted: Davison was to provide invaluable help and support to Emma, and indeed to Nelson's other surviving family, in the months and years that were to follow.
The Dispatches and Letters, ed. Sir Nicholas Harris Nicolas, vol. VII, pp.118-19.
Nelson: The Alexander Davison Collection, Sotheby's London, 2002, Lot 76
To view shipping calculator, please here
patches of light dust-staining, nicks at edges of folds
The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance only. Any reference to condition in the condition report for the lot does not amount to a full description of condition. The images of the lot form part of the condition report for the lot. Certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot. In particular, the online images may represent colors and shades which are different to the lot's actual color and shades. The condition report for the lot may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the condition report for the lot or shown in the online images of the lot. The condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation. The condition report is a statement of opinion only. For that reason, the condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE/BUSINESS APPLICABLE TO THE RESPECTIVE SALE.