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Lot #306
Horatio Nelson and Lady Emma Hamilton

Ill at heart and adrift in stormy seas, Lord Nelson writes home: “How I am praying for the admiralty”

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Ill at heart and adrift in stormy seas, Lord Nelson writes home: “How I am praying for the admiralty”

ALS signed “Nelson & Bronte,” one page, 7.5 x 9.5, October 8, 1801. Letter to Lady Hamilton. In part: “I send on shore one line by the boat which goes for letters to tell you not to be surprised if you get no other letter tomorrow for now it blows very hard and every appearance of an increasing gale, how I am praying for the admiralty. Last night I had one of the attacks on my heart which some day will do me up but it is entirely gone off. I know it has been brought on by fretting at being kept here doing nothing. I shall write later and if possible get it on shore, but you must not expect.” Also included is a bold ink signature, “Lady Hamilton,” on an off-white 4 x .75 slip. Both are nicely double-matted and framed together with portraits of Nelson and Hamilton to an overall size of 28 x 19. In overall fine condition. Nelson would return home shortly after writing this letter, as the British and French reached a preliminary peace agreement with the Treaty of Amiens, bringing hostilities to a halt on October 12. He stayed with Sir William and Lady Hamilton and began to regularly attend sessions in the House of Lords, where he spoke in support of the Addington government. He and Lady Hamilton also set out on a tour of the United Kingdom, where Nelson found himself greeted with a hero’s welcome, with celebrations and events held in his honor. Autographs of both Nelson and Hamilton are quite scarce, and this is a wonderful pairing from an important time in his career. Oversized. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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  • Auction Title: Rare Manuscript, Document & Autograph
  • Dates: #436 - Ended September 10, 2014

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