Lot 416: LS signed "Nelson & Bronte," one page, 7.5 x 12, January 24, 1804. Letter to Commissioner Otway in Gibraltar, written from the "Victory at Sea." In full: "I have this day received by the Termagant your two letters of the 20th October last transmitting an account of the arrival and sailing of His Majesty's ships, Vessels and Transports to and from Gibraltar, together with the abstract of the musters made of His Majesty's ships at that place." Handsomely double-matted and framed with an engraved portrait to an overall size of 17.5 x 17.5. In fine condition, with intersecting folds and mild soiling.During this early part of 1804, Nelson continued his long blockade of Toulon, a defensive tactic preventing the French fleet there from escaping into the Mediterranean and contributing to the Napoleonic Wars. Nelson had frigates patrolling the waters to gather intelligence on any troop movements and was eager to lure the French out of their port and destroy them on the open sea. Contrary to his expectations, the fleet did not attempt to escape Toulon and it was not until a year later that Admiral Pierre-Charles Villeneuve managed to slip through Nelson's blockade. This would result in the famed Battle of Trafalgar, during which Nelson was killed while leading the Royal Navy to a decisive victory.
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Wednesday, 13th January 2016
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