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By D. Cannadine

Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson used to be a colorful and intricate personality, whose supremely profitable naval occupation fast attained mythical prestige. by means of 1803 he was once Britain's paramount hero and already maimed with the lack of an arm and blind in a single eye. He lower back to conflict while known as again in may well and spent an extra years at sea ahead of demise on the conflict of Trafalgar in 1805. this present day, centuries after his demise, the 'immortal reminiscence' of Nelson endures. during this publication, prime historians supply a thorough reappraisal of his existence and occasions.

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11. Brian Lavery, Nelson and the Nile: The Naval War against Bonaparte 1798 (London: Chatham, 1998), pp. 155-6. 12. Nina [Kynynmound] Countess of Minto, Life and Letters of Sir Gilbert Elliot, First Earl of Minto (London, 1874, 3 vols), III,363. 13. 'Miscellaneous Letters', in The Naval Miscellany Vol. I, ed. K. Laughton (Navy Records Society vol. 20, 1902), pp. 387-444, at p. 424. 14. lxi. 15. The Private Correspondence of Admiral Lord Collingwood, ed. Edward Hughes (Navy Records Society vol. 98, 1957), p.

Naish (Navy Records Society vol. 100, 1958), p. 204. 3. Carola Oman, Nelson (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1947), p. 171. 4. John C. Dann (New York: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1988), pp. 192, 207-9. Nelson and the British Navy 29 5. H. Nicolas, The Dispatches and Letters of Vice Admiral Lord Viscount Nelson (London, 1844-45, 7 vols), II,333. 6. , 343. 7. Naish, Nelson's Letters to his Wife, p. 326. 8. , p. 399. 9. Nicolas, Dispatches, III,230. 10. , 49. 11. Brian Lavery, Nelson and the Nile: The Naval War against Bonaparte 1798 (London: Chatham, 1998), pp.

Placing 'The Thanksgiving Medal' with its pyramid, palm tree, and masonic bi-morph figure, alongside Davison's Nile medal and the Derby wine coolers it is impossible to ignore the extraordinary amalgamation of masonic influences. It seems that Davison was not alone in expropriating Nelson's victory as a triumph of masonic virtues over the threat of tyranny. There was also a political dimension to Davison's very public act of generosity. Prevented by their constitution from publicly defending themselves, the freemasons, led by Lord Moira, had recently embarked on a discreet campaign to secure exemption from emergency legislation which, although designed to outlaw the secret meetings of ]a co bins and Nelson and His 'Band of Brothers' 41 Irish revolutionaries, would have severely restricted their own activities.

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