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Admiral Lord Nelson: His Context and Legacy by D. Cannadine

By D. Cannadine

Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson was once a colourful and complicated personality, whose supremely profitable naval profession quick attained mythical prestige. by means of 1803 he was once Britain's paramount hero. Already maimed with the lack of an arm and blind in a single eye, he lower back to struggle and spent another years at sea prior to loss of life on the conflict of Trafalgar in 1805. during this e-book, top historians offer a thorough reappraisal of his existence and instances.

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8. , p. 399. 9. Nicolas, Dispatches, III,230. 10. , 49. 11. Brian Lavery, Nelson and the Nile: The Naval War against Bonaparte 1798 (London: Chatham, 1998), pp. 155–6. 12. Nina [Kynynmound] Countess of Minto, Life and Letters of Sir Gilbert Elliot, First Earl of Minto (London, 1874, 3 vols), III,363. 13. ‘Miscellaneous Letters’, in The Naval Miscellany Vol. I, ed. K. Laughton (Navy Records Society vol. 20, 1902), pp. 387–444, at p. 424. 14. lxi. 15. The Private Correspondence of Admiral Lord Collingwood, ed.

But the nature of international trade in the eighteenth century – which rested so heavily on the sea – caused their worlds to be in constant contact, even before the exigencies of war obliged Davison to rely on the Royal Navy for the safe transport of his goods across the Atlantic. Each, for instance, had passed their childhoods in remote rural areas close to the sea – Nelson in Norfolk, Davison in Northumberland. Nelson’s connections with the Navy are well recorded yet Davison, too, was in close proximity to several naval families from a young age.

The appointment of a vice-admiral to what was essentially a captain’s command was justified by the necessity of quieting public alarm, but it is difficult to believe that this was the sole motive. However, he undertook his new command with his customary energy. On the night of 15 August he organised a boat attack on French invasion craft moored at the mouth of Boulogne harbour, but the enemy were forewarned, and the attack was driven off with loss. By this time peace negotiations were under way, and on 1 October an armistice with France was signed.

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