Two letters written by Lord Nelson - ill-fated star of the British admiralty during the Napoleonic wars - are to auction in the UK, at Hansons' Summer Fine Art Auction on June 29.
The letters, dated May 7 1793 and October 21 1804, are expected to bring a combined £20,000 ($30,595).
The earlier letter documents Nelson's feelings regarding a fellow shipmate attempting to leave for London. Nelson asserts: "He came onboard the ship from Sandwich by his own free will, and therefore why should he now be so uncomfortable as he appears to be I cannot account…"
The second letter, which exhibits much messier handwriting, praises Major James Weir of the Royal Marines: "You merit everything which a grateful country could bestow upon your services… I shall soon be in England and if my testimony of your services can be useful it shall be very much at your service."
Charles Hanson of Hansons Auctioneers comments: "We expect that these letters written by a great hand will stir up international interest."
Hanson goes on to state that the letters "should inspire collectors worldwide".
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