Born the daughter of a humble blacksmith, the model, entertainer, and courtesan Emma Hamilton (née Amy Lyon, 1761) ascended through the ranks of British society to become the mistress to Lord Admiral Horatio Nelson. Scarce ALS signed "Emma Hamilton," one page both sides, 7.5 x 9, April 13, [no year]. Letter to a countess, in part: "Sir Thomas Troubridge has wrote 3 lines to inform me the fleet passed the sound on the 31st with safety & he says they have not touched one of our ships…Excuse this scrawl but I write from bed where I have been 4 days with a cold. Every body on board the fleet were well." In fine condition. In July 1797, Troubridge had assisted Nelson in an unsuccessful attack on Santa Cruz de Tenerife; the following year, he was on his way to assist Nelson at the Battle of the Nile when his ship ran aground on a shoal, preventing him from aiding in the battle. A wonderful letter connecting these two British naval heroes.
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