Fine content A.L.S., 4to, 1 page, 19 Picadilly, April 8th 1803, to John Tyson, his personal Secretary and close confidant: WRITTEN TWO DAYS AFTER THE DEATH OF SIR WILLIAM HAMILTON...and...JUST THREE WEEKS BEFORE HIS APPOINTMENT TO THE COMMAND OF THE MEDITERRANEAN FLEET, WITH HMS VICTORY AS HIS FLAGSHIP! Expertly set into a double mat with full letter and integral address leaf visible plus a second opening with an original steel engraving of Nelson by Fisher & Sons, London, 1829, placed into a vintage red marble acrylic form, 27" X 16"
In full: "Many thanks for your kind letter of Lady Hamilton and all here thank you. If I had known you had been here certainly I would have seen you as Duckworth was given no orders to being part of the consequences. He has done wrong but I will take the trip to Civita Vecchin when very able - but not before. We are truly sorry to hear of your illness and must take great care of yourself both this month and May. All here join in every kind wish to you and Mrs. Tyson and believe me ever most faithfully yours."John Tyson made a special trip to see Nelson on April 7th upon hearing of the death of Sir William Hamilton; who had died two days earlier in the arms of Emma, while Nelson held his hand. Due to the turmoil in the Hamilton Household and the many visitor upon the death of the Ambassador - Admiral Duckworth turned Tyson away and said he would inform Nelson of his visit..and accept the letter of condolence on behalf of Lady Hamilton. Because Tyson was his personal Secretary and long-time liaison between himself and Lady Hamilton - Nelson believed Duckworth had overstepped bounds. However, DUckworth was not aware that Nelson had secretly removed his property from the Hamilton Residence at 23 Picadilly, taking lodgings at 19 Picadilly Street, over a sadler's shop. His daughter Horatia later stated that: All proprieties were strictly observed...and that her father never again dated a letter from 23 Picadilly Street (the Hamilton residence). At the time of his death William was 72 and Emma 37. In truth, it was easy for Emma to hide the fact that she was almost four months pregnant with hers and Nelson's second child. Records show that the child died about six weeks after her birth in January 1804 and was named Emma Nelson. Ironically, Emma kept the death a secret from Nelson and his family an insisted upon the burial being unrecorded.
Condition: Very Good(+)