Amazon, October 19th, 1801.
MY DEAREST FRIEND,
What a gale we have had! But
Admiral Lutwidge’s boat came off; and, as your
letter was wrote, it got on shore: at least, I
hope so; for the boat seemed absolutely swallowed
up in the sea. None of our boats could have kept
above water a moment; therefore, I could not answer
all the truly friendly things you told me in your letters,
for they were not opened before the boat was gone.
I am sure, you did well to send Mrs.
Lutwidge a gown, and she loves you very much, but
there is no accounting for taste. She admires
entirely red coats; you, true blue.
They dine with Billy Pitt, to-day;
or, rather, with Mr. Long; for Pitt does not keep
house, in appearance, although he asked me to come
and see him: and that I shall do, out of respect
to a great man, although he never did any thing for
me or my relations. I assure you, my dear friend,
that I had rather read and hear all your little story
of a white hen getting into a tree, an anecdote of
Fatima, or hear you call “Cupidy!
Cupidy!” than any speech I shall hear in parliament:
because I know, although you can adapt your language
and manners to a child, yet that you can also thunder
forth such a torrent of eloquence, that corruption
and infamy would sink before your voice, in however
exalted a situation it might be placed.
Poor Oliver! what can be the matter with him?
I must leave my cot here, till my
discharge, when it shall come to the farm, as cots
are the best things in the world for our sea friends.
Why not have the pictures from Davison’s,
and those from Dodd’s; especially, my father’s,
A-propos! Sir William
has not sat, I fear, to Beechey. I want a half-length,
the size of my father’s and Davison’s.
I wonder your pictures are not come
from Hamburg! You have not lost the directions
for unfolding them; nor the measure, that I may have
frames made for them? For, up they shall go, as
soon as they arrive. What, have your picture,
and not hang it up? No; I will submit, in the
farm, to every order but that.
The weather, to-day, is tolerable;
but, I do not think I could well get on shore:
but Thursday, I hope, will be a fine day.
I shall call on Mr. Pitt, make my
visit at the Hospital, and get off very early on Friday
My cold is still very troublesome,
I cannot get my bowels in order. In the night
I had not a little fever.
But, never mind; the Admiralty will
not always be there. Every one has their day.
God bless you, my dear friend; and
believe me, ever, your’s most faithfully,
NELSON & BRONTE.
Write on Wednesday.
Your letters of yesterday are received.
Reverend Doctor would like to be a Bishop.
I have sent poor Thomson’s letter,
and the distressed Mrs. , to the
Earl. Kindest regards to Sir William.