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This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 76 pages of information about The Letters of Lord Nelson to Lady Hamilton, Vol. I..

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.

  May 23d.

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.

LETTER XXXII.

  [July 1803.

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.

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