Aspect 4: Nelson's Letters

The principal means of communication in Nelson's time was by letter. These pages contain just a few of the letters which Nelson wrote. They help us understand his life, and some of the feelings he had about events in which he took part.

The index to the letters is given below. Nelson was married to Frances, whom he calls Fanny, but later in his life he had an affair with Emma, Lady Hamilton. There are examples of letters to both women, and to colleagues in the British fleet, as well as official naval letters. The selection also includes letters to Nelson.

The earlier letters are signed Horatio Nelson; the later ones Nelson and Bronte. Nelson had been made Duke of Bronte and added the title to his signature.

Letters Index