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Nelson's last letter to Admiral Collingwood

"Victory," October 19, 1805

It was the Rochefort Squadron that took the Calcutta. Yesterday, by the Guernseyman, we had the French officer on board. He belonged to the Magnanimous, and says that they should have taken the Agamemnon in the night, but they fancied the Oporto and Lisbon convoy were ships of war. The first-rate sails faster than any of them; five sail of the line, three frigates, and two brigs. Sir Richard has five sail; but I think he will have enough on his hands, and from my soul I wish him well over it.

What a beautiful day! Will you be tempted out of your ship? If you will, hoist the Assent and Victory's pendants.

I had a letter from Sir James Saumarez yesterday, of October 1st. He sent me some papers: I take it very kind of him.

Ever, my dear Coll,
Yours, most faithfully,

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