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Worldwide February 2018

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

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    Lot 1094

    WORLDWIDE MILITARY POSTAL HISTORY - HORATIO NELSON - IMPORTANT LONG AUTOGRAPH CAMPAIGN LETTER EX CORSICA WITH MENTION OF HIS RECENTLY BLINDED EYE, ETC.; Fine 7 Feb. 1795 EL (2 sheets incorporating the address; a few tiny closed tears) written and signed by "Horatio Nelson" on board H.M.S. "Agamemnon, Sa Fiorenza" (on the northern tip of Corsica; since 1848 known as Saint Florent) to Nelson's maternal (and favourite) uncle, "William Suckling Esq., Custom House, London" carried privately (by naval ship) to London and posted locally there with a very fine black London P.O. "W" in circle on the front, indicating that it had been posted in the General Post Window (hence the "W") in error when meant for a local address, with manuscript "2[d]" charge and two London datestamps (28/30 March). The long and fascinating contents (published in the 1845 "Dispatches & Letters" by N.H. Nicolas) give great details of Nelson's frame of mind after his involvement in the Corsica Campaign, with a remarkable reference to his loss of an eye (which happened on 12 July 1794 during the Siege of Calvi in Corsica):

    Estimate: £10000

    Worldwide February 2018, Lot 1094

    WORLDWIDE MILITARY POSTAL HISTORY - HORATIO NELSON - IMPORTANT LONG AUTOGRAPH CAMPAIGN LETTER EX CORSICA WITH MENTION OF HIS RECENTLY BLINDED EYE, ETC.; Fine 7 Feb. 1795 EL (2 sheets incorporating the address; a few tiny closed tears) written and signed by "Horatio Nelson" on board H.M.S. "Agamemnon, Sa Fiorenza" (on the northern tip of Corsica; since 1848 known as Saint Florent) to Nelson's maternal (and favourite) uncle, "William Suckling Esq., Custom House, London" carried privately (by naval ship) to London and posted locally there with a very fine black London P.O. "W" in circle on the front, indicating that it had been posted in the General Post Window (hence the "W") in error when meant for a local address, with manuscript "2[d]" charge and two London datestamps (28/30 March). The long and fascinating contents (published in the 1845 "Dispatches & Letters" by N.H. Nicolas) give great details of Nelson's frame of mind after his involvement in the Corsica Campaign, with a remarkable reference to his loss of an eye (which happened on 12 July 1794 during the Siege of Calvi in Corsica):

    Estimate: £10000 ×