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Date

Circumstances

Said BY Nelson

1770 approx.

Nelson was the only boy in his school brave enough to take pears from the master's tree.

"I only took them because every other boy was afraid."
1794 Following the escape of the French fleet from Toulon "Great talkers do the least, we see."
1794 At the surrender of Toulon "I should have taken every Frenchman here without negotiating; even had the negotiations taken place, I would have had the French men-of-war and believe that the people of England will never blame an officer for taking a French line of battle ships."
1794 Before the siege of Calvi "My ship's company behave most exceedingly well. They begin to look upon themselves as invincible, almost invulnerable. They really mind shot no more than peas."
3 May 1794 Letter during the attack on Bastia "Our country will, I believe, sooner forgive an officer for attacking the enemy, than for letting it alone."
16 July 1794 Of the object that blinded him at the siege of Calvi "Such is the chance of War, it was within a hair's breadth of taking off my head."
4 Aug 1794 Hoping that he can match the success of Lord Howe at the Glorious 1st of June "Laurels grow in the Bay of Biscay, - I hope a bed of them may be found in the Mediterranean."
20 Sep 1794 Showing Nelson's loyalty to the men who served under him in the Agamemnon "I have been offered every Seventy-four which has fallen vacant in this Country, yet I could not bring myself to part with a Ship's company, with whom I have gone through such a series of hard service, as has never before, I believe, fallen to the lot of any one ship."
31 Oct 1794 Showing frustration at the lack of progress in the war Our Allies are our burden. Had we left the Continent to themselves, we should have done well, and at half the expense. 
12 Nov 1794 Total faith in his ship and his men Rest assured that Agamemnon is not to be taken easily; no two-decked ship in the world, we flatter ourselves, is able to do it.
July 1795 In a letter to his friend Cuthbert Collingwood The orders I have given are strong, and I know not how my Admiral will approve of them, for they are, in a great measure, contrary to those he gave me; but the Service requires strong and vigorous measures to bring the war to a conclusion."
1797 After amputation of his right arm. "A left-handed Admiral will never again be considered as useful, therefore the sooner I get to a very humble cottage the better, and make room for a better man to serve the State."
1797 After his failure at Teneriffe "I am become a burden to my friends, and useless to my country."
20 Jun 1798 As he prepared his squadron for an action with the French "Not a moment must be lost, it can never be regained."
20 Jul 1798 In a letter to Fanny "Glory is my object, and that alone"
20 Jul 1798 In a letter to Sir William Hamilton "The Devil's children have the Devils's luck"
22 Jul 1798 Still in pursuit of the French Fleet "We shall sail with the first breeze, and be assured I will return either crowned with laurel, or covered with cypress."
2 Aug 1798 After the victory at th Battle of the Nile  >"Victory is not a name strong enough for such a scene."
3 Aug 1798 After the victory at th Battle of the Nile "Almighty God has blessed his Majesty's Arms in the late Battle, by a great Victory over the Fleet of the Enemy."
Mar 1799 Letter from Palermo to the Duke of Clarence "To serve my King and destroy the French I consider as the great order of all, from which little ones spring; and if one of those little ones militates against it, I go back to obey the great order."
24 Mar 1801 To Sir Hyde Parker, urging strong action against the Russians and Danes "The measure may be thought bold, but I am of the opinion that the boldest are the safest."
2 Apr 1801 As related to Colonel William Parker during the Battle of Copenhagen "He observed to me, with a smile, 'It is warm work, and this day may be the last to any of us at a moment'; and then, stopping at the gangway, he used an expression never to be erased from my memory, and said with emotion, 'But mark you, I would not be elsewhere for thousands.'"
2 Apr 1801 To his flag-captain Thomas Foley during the Battle of Copenhagen "You know, Foley, I have only one eye - I have a right to be blind sometimes. I really do not see the signal."
1801 After the Battle of Copenhagen

"Well, I have fought contrary to order and perhaps I shall be hanged.

Never mind, let them!"

7 Aug 1801 In a letter to Lord St Vincent "When we cannot do all we wish, we must do all we can."
Nov 1804 In a letter to Hugh Elliot "When I am without orders, and unexpected occurences arise, I shall always act as I think the honour and glory of my King and Country demand."

 

 

Date Circumstances Said ABOUT Nelson
1782 The future King William IV when serving as captain of the Albmarle "...the merest boy of a captain I ever beheld; and his dress was worthy of attention. He had on a full-laced uniform; his lank unpowdered hair was tied in a stiff hessian tail of an extraordinary length; the old-fashioned flaps of his waistcoat added to the general quaintness of his appearance."
1782 ditto "There was something irresistibly pleasing in his address and conversation; and an enthusiasm, when speaking on professional subject, that showed he was no common being."
1793

As Sir William Hamilton was about to introduce Nelson to his wife for the first time

(as narrated by Emma to Nelson's biographer)

"...a little man who could not boast of being very handsome, but who will become the greatest man that ever England produced. I promise you that he will one day astonish the world."
1 Aug 1798 By Sir Edward Berry, on the sighting of the French Fleet before the Battle of the Nile. "The pleasure which the Admiral felt was perhaps more heightened than that of any other man, as he had now a CERTAINTY by which he could regulate his future operations."
Aug 1798 The Queen of Naples after the Battle of the Nile "Oh brave Nelson; Oh God bless and protect our brave deliverer. Oh, Nelson, Nelson, what do we not owe you! Oh, victor, saviour of Italy." 
1798 Lady Spencer, wife of the First Lord of the Admiralty "A most uncouth creature, his general appearance that of an idiot."
1798 ditto "When he spoke his wonderful mind broke forth."
20 Dec 1800 A witness of Nelson's arrival at Salisbury "I felt all my conception of what constituted a grammar-school hero utterly discomforted."

 

Date Circumstances Nelson on Emma
14 Sep 1793 To his wife, following his first meeting with Emma Hamilton. Lady Hamilton has been wonderfully kind and good to Josiah. She is a young woman of amiable manners, and who does honour to the station to which she is raised.
25 Sep 1798 To his wife, following the Battle of the Nile. I hope some day to have the pleasure of introducing you to Lady Hamilton, she is one of the very best women in this worls; she is an honour to her sex
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

 

Date Circumstances Emma on Nelson
>1798 >When Nelson was created Baron after his victory at the Battle of the Nile (rather than a higher level of peerage) >"Hang them, I say! If I was King of England, I would make you the most noble puissant Duke Nelson, Marquis Nile, Earl Alexander, Viscount Pyramid, Baron Crocadile(sic)."
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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