NELSON'S LETTERS AND DISPATCHES
October 15th - 21st, 1805 Footnotes
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- Next to the Victory in the Line of Battle.
- Commanded by Captain, afterwards Sir Peter Parker, Burt., who was
killed in command of the Menelaus on the Coast of America, in 1814.
- The Calcutta, 50, Captain Daniel Woodriffe, was captured, after a
very gallant resistance, by a French Squadron, near Scilly, on the 26th
- TO THE RIGHT HON. LORD VISCOUNT NELSON, DUKE OF BRONTE, &c.
- ' Royal Sovereign, October 18th, 1805.
- " My dear Lord,
- " I am much obliged to your Lordship for the intelligence, and
very sorry it should be so well-founded. If it is true that the French
Squadron consisted of one Line-of-Battle, and four Frigates, it is a new
Squadron, which has relieved the Rochefort people. Between them, I am
afraid, they will do infinite mischief. The Master of the Diligent seems
to have mistaken his dates, or his account to have been copied
incorrectly. He could not have left Sir R. Strachan the 16th, and been
off Cape St. Vincent on the 13th. I rather think he left Sir Richard
Strachan on the 11th or 10th. It is very extraordinary the people in
Cadiz do not make some movement; if they allow the War to begin in
Italy, they cannot hereafter make up for the want of the assistance they
might give in the first instance. Have we any Ships off Toulon or Genoa,
which may check and prevent the conveyance of Troops along shore? I
shall be glad to see the Water-Ships, as many of the Fleet are getting
low. The Colossus and Defence want as much as any. The Temeraire,
Prince, the Neptune, Minotaur, and Spartiate, are the Ships shortest,
and I suppose your Lordship would wish the Three-deckers to be filled up
well. The Britannia has 180 tons to-day: perhaps on some fine day you
would order the Prince to receive a little from her. The Prince has 81
tons today. The other Ships going in, are low enough.
- " The Memorandum relative to Surveys on infirm Officers and
Seamen with the Rendezvous, 168, I will distribute as soon as the
Memorandum is copied for each Ship. I hope your Lordship continues in
good health, and have the honour to be, my dear Lord, your Lordship's
most faithful and obedient humble servant,
- ' CUTHB. COLLINGWOOD. " I return your Lordship three books. I
should suspect Mr. Twist has got a twist in his head."Autograph.
- This Paper was thus indorsed by Captain Hope: " This was signed
by Lord Nelson the day before he fell, the last time I saw him. GEORGE