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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..

May God bless you, my dear Lady; and be assured, I ever am, and shall be, your obliged and affectionate

  BRONTE NELSON.

LETTER VI.

  Off La Valette, Feb. 20, 1800.

MY DEAR LADY HAMILTON,

Had you seen the Peer receive me, I know not what you would have done; but, I can guess.  But never mind!  I told him, that I had made a vow, if I took the Genereux by myself, it was my intention to strike my flag.  To which he made no answer.

If I am well enough, I intend to write a letter to Prince Leopold, and to send him the French Admiral’s flag; which I hope you will approve of, as it was taken on the coast of his father’s kingdom, and by as faithful a subject as any in his dominions.

I have had no communication with the shore; therefore, have seen neither Ball, Troubridge, or Graham:  nor with the Lion; when I have, I shall not forget all your messages, and little Jack.  I only want to know your wishes, that I may, at least, appear grateful, by attending to them.

My head aches dreadfully, and I have none here to give me a moment’s comfort.

I send the packet to General Acton; as I think it may go quicker, and he will be flattered by presenting the flag and letter to the Prince.

Malta, I think, will fall very soon, if these other corvettes do not get in.

Pray, make my best regards acceptable to Mrs. Cadogan, Miss Knight, little Mary Re Giovanni, Gibbs, &c. &c. and ever believe me your truly faithful and affectionate

  BRONTE NELSON.

LETTER VII.

  June 16, [1800.] Seven o’Clock.

MY DEAR LADY HAMILTON,

What a difference—­but it was to be—­from your house to a boat!

Fresh breeze of wind, the ship four or five leagues from the mole; getting on board into truly a hog-stye of a cabin, leaking like a sieve, consequently floating with water.  What a change!

Not a felucca near us.  I saw them come out this morning, but they think there is too much wind and swell.

Pray, do not keep the cutter; as I have not a thing, if any thing important should arrive, to send you.

Only think of Tyson’s being left!

May God bless you, my dear Lady; and believe me, ever, your truly affectionate and sincere friend,

  NELSON.

Lady Hamilton—­Put the candlestick on my writing-table.

LETTER VIII.

  January 28, 1801.

What a fool I was, my dear Lady Hamilton, to direct that your cheering letters should be directed for Brixham!  I feel, this day, truly miserable, in not having them; and, I fear, they will not come till to-morrow’s post.

What a blockhead, to believe any person is so active as myself!  I have this day got my orders, to put myself under Lord St. Vincent’s command:  but, as no order is arrived to man the ship, it must be Friday night, or Saturday morning, before she can sail for Torbay.  Direct my letters, now, to Brixham.

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