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The dispatches and letters of vice admiral ... Nelson, with notes by sir N.H. Nicolas
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DEDICATED BY PERMISSION TO HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS PRINCE ALBERT. Now in course of Publication, in about Three Volumes, 8vo., price 158. each, to range
with the WELLINGTON DESPATCHES. (Vol. I. is now ready.)
ADMIRAL LORD VISCOUNT NELSON.
EDITED BY SIR HARRIS NICOLAS, G.C.M.G.
Although numerous Lives of the Great Naval Hero have been written, no attempt has yet been made to collect his DESPATCHES and LETTERS, and thus to render him, in a great degree, his own Biographer. The value of such documents, and the powerful manner in which they enhance a Hero's fame, are shown by the publication of the Despatches of the Duke of Wellington, to which this Work will be a fitting, if not a necessary, companion.
Important as are the illustrations of Naval History, which this Collection will afford, during the most glorious period in its annals, the chief interest, for the public in general, will consist in the lights which it will throw on the private character of Nelson, without the glitter of biographical encomium, or the mistaken zeal of biographical suppressions. His ardent patriotism, his professional devotion, his generous sympathy with the good or ill fortune of his brother officers, his unremitting efforts to promote their wishes, and his complete identification with their feelings, are so strongly depicted in his Letters, that admiration of the Hero is almost lost in affection for the Man. As NELSON thought and felt, he spoke and wrote ; hence the few weaknesses of his noble mind are as apparent as its powers; and this singleness of purpose, and disregard of mere effect, impart to his Correspondence a sincerity and freshness, as delightful as they are rare. To the historical value of the “Despatches of the Duke of Wellington,” this Collection will consequently unite the general attractions of the celebrated “Letters of Lord Collingwood.”—It is intended to insert all Letters of LORD NELSON's of any interest, and no effort will be left untried to obtain such Despatches and Letters as have not yet been printed. For assistance in this essential object, the Editor confidently appeals to individuals who may possess originals or copies of Nelson's Letters, his Public Orders, and Professional Memoranda. He earnestly invites them to favour him with the loan of such papers, or to send him correct transcripts of them; and the contributions will be thankfully acknowledged in the printed work. He begs leave to address this request more particularly to distinguished living Officers, the friends and companions in arms of Nelson, as well as to the families of those who are no more, believing that no one who loves or reveres his memory will refuse his co-operation. The possessor of these Documents must feel, with the Editor, that though the Nation has lately rendered tardy justice to the Hero's services by erecting a Statue to his Honour, yet that Nelson's most lasting and appropriate Monument will be a complete collection of his own Letters and Despatches. The extent of the Work cannot now be precisely stated, but it is not likely that it will exceed three volumes.
Communications are requested to be addressed to the Editor, to the care of the Publisher, MR. COLBURN, 13, GREAT MARLBOROUGH STREET, LONDON.
Agents : For Scotland-Messrs. Bell and Bradfute, Edinburgh; for Ireland
Mr. John Cumming, Dublin.