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By Colin White

ISBN-10: 1843831309

ISBN-13: 9781843831303

Nelson - the hot Letters, edited through Colin White, offers round 500 of an important letters exposed throughout the process the epic Nelson Letters undertaking, a 5 yr seek of information during the global. relationship from 1777 and together with the earliest extant Nelson letter, this assortment indicates us either Nelson the officer and Nelson the non-public guy, and, uniquely one of the plethora of latest Nelson books, it files his lifestyles and exploits in his personal phrases. Written in Nelson's free-flowing and conversational type, those letters introduce a truly genuine and human determine bringing us a lot towards an in a different way far-off old hero. Colin White's accompanying annotations and essays position Nelson's lifestyles and letters in complete context. So along letters to the Duke of Clarence (later King William IV),Prime Minister Addington, and dignitaries just like the King and Queen of Naples, overlaying treaty negotiations, conflict orders and crusade plans, we will additionally learn hot missives to friends and family, casual notes and directions to colleagues and subordinates and a few eloquently passionate letters to Emma Hamilton. different highlights contain Nelson's account of the conflict of Copenhagen; precise orders for the Trafalgar and Nile campaigns; notes of his cautious diplomatic negotiations; his community of non-public contacts; and his trouble together with his public snapshot.

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Another notable absentee hitherto from the major printed collections of Nelson letters has been William Cornwallis,1 one of Nelson’s closest service friends in his early years and an important influence on him professionally. They first met in the West Indies in 1778 when Cornwallis, 14 years Nelson’s senior, was already an experienced and battle-hardened veteran, having served throughout the Seven Years War, including action with Hawke at Quiberon Bay in November 1759. Their friendship was cemented the following year when Nelson returned to Jamaica after the Nicaraguan campaign, suffering from a near fatal combination of diseases.

That picture of the happy family man, surrounded by ‘a little knot’ of relations, is a recurring theme in the reminiscences of those who knew Nelson best. Having grown up in a large and boisterous household, it would seem that he was happiest, and most at ease, when surrounded by his siblings and their offspring. He had a natural way with children, and it is clear from a number of stories that they warmed quickly to him. On one of his earliest visits to his future wife, Frances Nisbet, he was found playing under the table with her five-year-old son, Josiah.

I am under the greatest obligations to him. My Mind at this moment is occupied about Malta but I have not the force to take it myself and my endeavour is to get the army to help me, a very difficult task, they so strictly obey orders that a Kingdom might be lost by obedience. I earnestly hope that Lord Spencer will do something handsome for you. In truth I have no 1 As Nelson’s brother, and a Clerk at the Navy Office, Maurice had expected to be the prize agent for the ships captured at the Battle of the Nile.

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