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From Nelson To Alexander Davison (his agent)

Victory (about September 30th)

Day by day, my dear friend, I am expecting the [enemy] Fleet to put to sea every day, hour, and moment; and you may rely that, if it is within the power of man to get at them, that it shall be done ... My shattered frame, if I survive that day, will require rest, and that is all I ask for. If I fall on such a glorious occasion, it shall be my pride to take care that my friends shall not blush for me. These things are in the hands of a wise and just Providence, and His will be done! ... Do not think I am low-spirited on this account, or fancy anything is to happen to me; quite the contrary - my mind is calm, and I have only to think of destroying our inveterate foe.

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