Letter to Admiral Collingwood
an officer on the Euralyus
- I scarcely know whether, after so great a loss as the
nation has sustained in Lord Nelson, and every one of us
a friend, added to the inevitable destruction of nineteen
fine prizes, I ought to congratulate you, but since the
enemy, minus so many ships, and we, I trust not one, even
in that there is matter to rejoice.
Such a victory, and under circumstance so disadvantageous
to the attack, never was achieved.
Villeneuve, who is now at my elbow, can scarcely yet credit
it; and his despair and grief exceed any thing I ever saw.
resist such an attack, and seconded as Lord Nelson was,
I did not leave the Victory till the shot were flying thick
over her; and the last signal Lord Nelson made, was such
as cannot and never will be forgot - it was by telegraph
- 'That England expected every man would do his duty.'
have time for no more - the vessel is going, but I shall
soon see you, as I am to carry home the captured Admirals."