NELSON (HORATIO, Lord)
Autograph letter signed (Horatio Nelson), written with his right hand, to Thomas Pollard, merchant of Leghorn (Livorno), and John M´Arthur, his future biographer, the main body of the letter addressed to Pollard and venting anger that he should have lost men in vain (...You and M´Arthur must make the most of one Wine Brig which is all French, if the Greek Vessels had the Money is which was reported they have been lost by Carelessness which is Cruel after the loss of so many lives & much blood of my poor fellows but I will not let them rest when I can get at them and revenge is sweet...), and explaining that the vessel which has been taken has nothing in but ballast and it is possible the others may have nothing reports are always great & very erroneous; adding in a postscript an order for one dozen of fine fowls or Capons; in a second initialled postscript, to M´Arthur, telling to send a boat if necessary, one page, folio, autograph address on verso, wafer-seal, contemporary docket (Capt Nelson), printed identification slip, slight spotting and light overall browning, small tear in lower edged (affecting one letter), [Agamemnon], Vado Bay, 31 August 1795
NELSON SWEARS REVENGE FOR MEN LOST FROM HIS BELOVED AGAMEMNON´. This letter is apparently unpublished and not in Sir Nicholas Harris Nicolas, The Dispatches and Letters of Lord Nelson (1845). Nicolas prints a dispatch written by Nelson to Admiral Hotham the day before, which describes the background to our letter: Having received information that a Ship loaded with provisions had arrived at Oneglia, I yesterday afternoon manned the two small Gallies (taken on the 26th) with forty-four Officers and men from the Agamemnon, and ten men belonging to the Southampton...and ordered Lieutenant Andrews to proceed to Oneglia and endeavour to take the said Ship. On his way down...he fell in with three large Vessels, with lateen sails, which he engaged at ten o´clock. One of these was carried by boarding...At half-past ten, the attack on the other two was renewed with the greatest spirit, but the number of men in the vessels was too great, united with the height of the Vessels, for our force; and my gallant Officers and men, after a long contest were obliged to retreat, the losses amounting to three killed, three mortally wounded and seven wounded from the Agamemnon, and one killed and three wounded from the Southampton.