Cape St Vincent's, April 6th 1797
for your kind letter of March 13th, and I beg you will thank all
our friends for their kind congratulations; and I must be
delighted when from the King to the Peasant, all are willing to
do me honour. But I will partake of nothing but what shall
include Collingwood and Troubridge. We are the only three
Ships who made great exertions on that glorious day: the others
did their duty, and some not exactly to my satisfaction.
We ought to have had the Santissima Trinidad and the Soberano,
seventy-four. They belonged to us by conquest, and only
wanted some good fellow to get alongside them, and they were
ours. But it is well; and for that reason only we do not
like to say much.
Jervis is not quite contented, but says nothing publicly.
An anecdote in the Action is honourable to the Admiral, and to
Troubridge and myself. Calder said, 'Sir, the Captain and
Cullodn are separated from the Fleet, and unsupported: shall we
recall them?' - 'I will not have them recalled. I put my
faith in those Ships: it is a disgrace that they are not
supported and separated.'
a multitude of faults. We have just spoke a Vessel from
Cadiz: Cordova and three Captains are condemned to be shot; but
it is said Cordova's sentence will not be carried into
execution, but I should think it will, to appease the people;
but he certainly does not deserve it, although many of his Fleet
do. The Admiral joined me from Lisbon on the 2nd, and on
the 3rd we looked into Cadiz. Their West India Convoy was
to have sailed that day: now I do not expect they will sail this
summer; for I have no idea they will fight us again.
However they may in a month or two be forced out. I am
come off here to look for the Viceroy with Culloden and Zealous
and La Minerve; but I do not expect any success. You will
not be surprised to hear I have declined all hereditary Honours;
and as to entailing a Title, unless you have a good estate to
send with it, you send misery; and till I became a Flag-Officer
I had not made both ends meet. Chains and Medals are what
no fortune or connexion in England can obtain; and I shall feel
prouder of those than all the Titles in the King's power to
bestow. Pray remember me kindly to Mrs Nelson, our Aunt,
your Children, the Rolfes, and all our friends at Swaffham, and
believe me ever your most affectionate brother,
who is a Post-Captain, late my First Lieutenant, has promised to
call upon you. He is going to visit a sister, who is
married, and lives at or near Tofts. You will find him a
very pleasant and gentlemanlike man.