NELSON & BRONTE.
I think the gentry will soon come out. I cannot say more by such a conveyance.
Victory, October 13, 1804.
MY DEAREST EMMA,
The dreadful effects of the yellow fever, at Gibraltar, and many parts of Spain, will naturally give you much uneasiness; till you hear that, thank God, we are entirely free from it, and in the most perfect health, not one man being ill in the fleet. The cold weather will, I hope, cure the disorder.
Whilst I am writing this letter, a cutter is arrived from England with strong indications of a Spanish war.
I hope, from my heart, that it will not prove one. But, however that is, my die is cast; and, long before this time, I expect, another Admiral is far on his way to supersede me. Lord Keith, I think a very likely man.
I should, for your sake, and for many of our friends, have liked an odd hundred thousand pounds; but, never mind. If they give me the choice of staying a few months longer, it will be very handsome; and, for the sake of others, we would give up, my dear Emma, very much of our own felicity. If they do not, we shall be happy with each other, and with dear Horatia.
The cutter returns with my answers directly; therefore, my own Emma, you must only fancy all my thoughts and feelings towards you. They are every thing which a fond heart can fancy.
I have not a moment; I am writing and signing orders, whilst I am writing to my own Emma.
My life, my soul, God in Heaven bless you!
Your letter is September 16th, your last is August 27th.
I have not made myself understood, about Mrs. Bolton’s money. You give away too much.
Kiss our dear Horatia a thousand times, for your own
I send two hundred pounds, keep it for your own pocket money.
You must tell Davison, and Haslewood, that I cannot answer their letters. Linton cannot be fixed; but you will know whether I come home, or stay, from Mr. Marsden.
God bless you!
Tell my brother, that I have made Mr. Yonge a Lieutenant,
Sea-horse frigate, Captain Boyle.
Once more, God bless my dearest Emma!
Write your name on the back of the bill, if you send any person for the money.
I have scrawled three lines to Davison, that he should not think I neglected him in his confinement.
I have received the inclosed from Allen. Can we assist the poor foolish man with a character?
Victory, November 23,1804.
As all our communication with Spain is at an end, I can now only expect to hear from my own dear Emma by the very slow mode of Admiralty vessels, and it is now more than two months since the John Bull sailed.