The Death of Lord Nelson eBook

William Beatty
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the large vessels, were sound, and firm in their structure.  The lungs were sound, and free from adhesions.  The liver was very small, in its colour natural, firm in its texture, and every way free from the smallest appearance of disorganization.  The stomach, as well as the spleen and other abdominal contents, was alike free from the traces of disease.  Indeed all the vital parts were so perfectly healthy in their appearance, and so small, that they resembled more those of a youth, than of a man who had attained his forty-seventh year; which state of the body, associated with habits of life favourable to health, gives every reason to believe that HIS LORDSHIP might have lived to a great age.

The immediate cause of HIS LORDSHIP’S death was a wound of the left pulmonary artery, which poured out its blood into the cavity of the chest.  The quantity of blood thus effused did not appear to be very great:  but as the hemorrhage was from a vessel so near the heart, and the blood was consequently lost in a very short time, it produced death sooner than would have been effected by a larger quantity of blood lost from an artery in a more remote part of the body.  The injury done to the spine must of itself have proved mortal, but HIS LORDSHIP might perhaps have survived this alone for two or three days; though his existence protracted even for that short period would have been miserable to himself, and highly distressing to the feelings of all around him.



[1] By this ship His LORDSHIP received some newspapers from England, one of which contained a paragraph stating that General MACK was about to be appointed to the command of the Austrian armies in Germany.  On reading this, His LORDSHIP made the following observation:  “I know General MACK too well.  He sold the King of Naples; and if he is now entrusted with an important command, he will certainly betray the Austrian monarchy.”

[2] CAPTAIN HARDY left England in a bad state of health, with which he had been afflicted during the last twelve months; but was now in a progressive state of amendment.  Lord NELSON asked the Surgeon this day, “how long he thought it might be before Captain HARDY’S perfect recovery;” and on the Surgeon’s answering that “he hoped not more than a fortnight,”—­“Ah!” replied His LORDSHIP, “before a fortnight the Enemy will be at sea, the business will be done, and we shall be looking out for England.”

[3] These Instructions will be found at the end of the Narrative.

[4] HIS LORDSHIP did not wear his sword in the Battle of Trafalgar:  it had been taken from the place where it hung up in his cabin, and was laid ready on his table; but it is supposed he forgot to call for it.  This was the only action in which he ever appeared without a sword.

[5] It has been since recollected that on the 21st of October 1757, His LORDSHIP’S maternal uncle, Captain SUCKLING, in the Dreadnought, in company with two other line of battle ships, attacked and beat off a French squadron of four sail of the line and three frigates, off Cape Francois.  The French Commodore was towed into Cape Francois; and the English ships, being too much disabled to follow up their success, bore away to Jamaica to refit.

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