|Young Nelson, 1992|
He [Nelson] then told Captain Hardy, "he felt that in a few minutes he should be no more;" adding in a low tone, "Don't throw me overboard, Hardy." The Captain answered: "Oh! no, certainly not." — "Then," replied His Lordship, "you know what to do: and," continued he, "take care of my dear Lady Hamilton, Hardy; take care of poor Lady Hamilton. Kiss me, Hardy."The Nelson exhibit was particularly sad if you saw Vivien Leigh playing Lady Hamilton and dying in poverty. Emma’s husband, Sir William Hamilton, died in 1803 but Nelson’s wife Fanny was still alive in England, albeit estranged from him. Fanny must have been horrified by the news that Lady Hamilton had a daughter with Nelson in 1801 named Horatia. Before Nelson boarded the HMS Victory in May of 1803, Horatia was christened at St. Marylebone Parish Church ( just a block or two from the residence hall all the British Studies students are living in!) with Emma and Horatio as the "godparents" and a cover-story naming her as the daughter of Vice-Admiral Charles Thompson of Portsmouth Dockyard (with his agreement). After Emma died, Nelson’s sisters took Horatia in and she married a local minister. The Tudor and Stuart Seafarers exhibit across the hall was also enjoyable but not as dramatic.
The Captain now knelt down, and kissed his cheek; when His Lordship said, "Now I am satisfied. Thank God, I have done my duty." Captain Hardy stood for a minute or two in silent contemplation: he then knelt down again, and kissed His Lordship’s forehead. His Lordship said: "Who is that?" The Captain answered: "It is Hardy;" to which His Lordship replied, "God bless you, Hardy!" After this affecting scene Captain Hardy withdrew, and returned to the quarter-deck, having spent about eight minutes in this his last interview with his dying friend.
|National Maritime Museum, Greenwich|
|Nelson's uniform at Trafalgar|
|Note the fateful hole and damage to epaulette|
|photo credit: Desiree Dillon|
|With a foot in two hemispheres|
Books acquired: None