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Victory May 18th: 1805
150 Leagues WSW from Madiera

My Dearest beloved Emma, I send
you the enclosed that no difficulty
may arise about my Dear Horatia
in case any accident should happen
to me for I know too well the necessity
of taking care of those in case whilst
we have the power, and these arrange:
:ments (arrangements) do not hasten our death I
believe quite the contrary as it
leaves nothing to corrode the mind
in a sick bed. I only hope to get at
the French fleet when if it pleases
God I shall immediately return to
my own dear Emma at Merton

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You will know how to direct Mr.
Haserwood in making out the paper
for the annuity and that Ms. S.
must not presume to chatter [i.e. share her opinion in opposition of] for if
She does the annuity ought to be
forfeited, but you will know how to
talk to her. You will see I have wrote
that sort of letter which may be
shown any where or to any body
May God in heaven bless you my
Emma and send us a happy
meeting in the fervent prayer of your
Ever faithful Nelson & Bronte

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