Hardy is gone into Plymouth, to see our Dutchman safe. I think, she will turn out a good prize.
Gaetano desires his duty to Miledi! He is a good man; and, I dare say, will come back: for, I think, it cannot be a long war; just enough to make me independent in pecuniary matters.
If the wind stands, on Tuesday we shall be on the coast of Portugal; and, before next Sunday, in the Mediterranean.
To Mrs. Cadogan, say every kind thing; to good Mrs. Nelson, the Doctor, &c. &c.
If you like, you may tell him about the entailing of the pension: but, perhaps, he will be so much taken up with Canterbury, that it will do for some dull evening at Hilborough.
I shall now stop, till I have been on board the Admiral. Only, tell Mrs. T. that I will write her the first safe opportunity; I am not sure of this.
I shall direct to Merton, after June 1st. Therefore, as you change, make Davison take a direction to Nepean; but, I would not trouble him with too many directions, for fear of embroil.
We were close in with Brest, yesterday; and found, by a frigate, that Admiral Cornwallis had a rendezvous at sea. Thither we went; but, to this hour, cannot find him.
It blows strong. What wind we are losing! If I cannot find the Admiral by six o’clock, we must all go into the Amphion, and leave the Victory, to my great mortification. So much for the wisdom of my superiors.
I keep my letter open to the last: for, I still hope; as, I am sure, there is no good reason for my not going out in the Victory.
I am just embarking in the Amphion; cannot find Admiral Cornwallis.
May God in Heaven bless you! prays your most sincere
NELSON & BRONTE.
Stephens’s publication I should like to have.
I have left my silver seal; at least, I cannot find it.
MY DEAREST EMMA,
Although I have wrote letters from various places, merely to say—“Here I am,” and “There I am;”—yet, as I have no doubt but that they would all be read, it was impossible for me to say more than—“Here I am, and well:” and I see no prospect of any certain mode of conveyance, but by sea; which, with the means the Admiralty has given me, of small vessels, can be but seldom.
Our passages have been enormously long. From Gibraltar to Malta, we were eleven days: arriving the fifteenth in the evening, and sailing in the night of the sixteenth—that is, three in the morning of the seventeenth—and it was the twenty-sixth before we got off Capri; where I had ordered the frigate, which carried Mr. Elliot to Naples, to join me.
I send you copies of the King and Queen’s letters. I am vexed, that she did not mention you! I can only account for it, by her’s being a political letter.