Blaker Family of Sussex - Reminiscences


Nelson's "Victory."

THE Centenary of Trafalgar having so lately occurred, I cannot help relating the follow-ing anecdote. The Rector of Edburton, who happened to be the son of the Archbishop of Armagh, said to Mr. Marchant one morning, "The fleet has just come into Portsmouth, and I have an order to go over the 'Victory,' will you come with me?" They started at once on horseback and had no difficulty in getting on board, where they were received by Captain Hardy, who said:"I am sorry I am too busy to attend to you myself, but my wife will be pleased to do so, for she's dd fond of parsons." They were shown everything, including the cask in which Nelson's body was preserved, and the damage done by the shot to ship and sails.

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