DescriptionHoratio Nelson Autograph Letter Signed. Four integral pages, written on pages one and two and addressed on page four, 6" x 7.5", sight size, May 8, 1795, n.p. [Corsica]. Addressed to "Thomas Pollard Esq.", Nelson's prize agent in Leghorn, Tuscany, the letter is written with the right hand and reads, "My Dear Sir, You having always furnish'd Mr. Roxburgh Surgeon of the [HMS] Agamemnon with Money for his necessary bills it is necessary that vouchers should be made out to pass my accounts. [I] have therefore to request that you will sign the receipt for the payment & that you desire Mr. Cornuit & some other person to attest that they are at the market price. Be so good as to do it quickly for I know not how soon we will be off. I sincerely hope you are better & hope soon to see you in perfect healt". Nelson was a frequent visitor and houseguest of Mr. and Mrs. Pollard. Below Nelson's signature is a docket, perhaps in Pollard's hand, asking Mr. Cornuit to comply with the request. Overall toning, with seal and age stains, else near fine. The document is very attractively framed (22.5" x 29" overall) with a color picture of Nelson.
Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson, 1st Duke of Bronté, was the best known British flag officer in the Napoleonic Wars. He served in the Royal Navy for most of his life and won a number of significant victories, most notably the Battle of Copenhagen, the Battle of the Nile, and the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, during which he lost his life. Two years after this letter was written to Pollard, Nelson was hit in the right arm by a musket ball during the Battle of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Most of the right arm was amputated and within half an hour he had returned to issuing orders to his captains. For the rest of his life, Nelson would excuse himself for not writing longer letters due to being left-handed.
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