NELSON (HORATIO) Letter signed ("Nelson"), to the Portuguese Marquis de Niza, Vanguard, Leghorn Roads, 29 November 1798
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NELSON (HORATIO)
Letter signed ("Nelson"), to the Portuguese Marquis de Niza, Vanguard, Leghorn Roads, 29 November 1798
Sold for £ 2,500 (US$ 3,473) inc. premium

Lot Details
NELSON (HORATIO)
Letter signed ("Nelson"), to the Portuguese Marquis de Niza, requesting that he "Will order Commodore Captain Michele of the St. Sebastian, with the Benjamin and Baloon Brig to put themselves under the command of Captain Troubridge of His Majestys ship Culloden and when you have landed the Troops which you have on board at this place, to proceed with the remainder of Her Most Faithful Majestys [i.e. the Queen of Portugal's] Ships under your Command and join me at Naples"; integral blank leaf, contemporary docket ("Sir H" deleted and replaced by "Lord"), 1 page, burn-hole (c.15 x 25mm.) in blank area above the text with smaller tear to integral leaf, not affecting the text, 4to, Vanguard, Leghorn Roads, 29 November 1798

Footnotes

  • NELSON SEIZES LEGHORN: this letter was written the day after Nelson had aided his Neapolitan and Portuguese allies in securing the Tuscan port of Leghorn (Livorno) against the French; violating the port's neutrality in the process. Writing on the same day as our letter to the First Lord of the Admiralty, Lord Spencer, Nelson said of his Portuguese allies: ʻI say that the Portuguese Squadron are totally useless. The Marquis de Niza has certainly every good deposition to act well, but he is completely ignorant of sea affairs'.

    This is one of the earliest of his letters signed "Nelson", a comparatively uncommon form of his signature which he used for only a year or so: he had been awarded a barony for his victory at the Nile, news of which reached him on 17 or 18 November. It is printed from the letter-book version by Nicolas, Despatches and Letters.
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