['Kiss me, Hardy!' Nelson's flag captain on HMS Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar.] Autograph Signature ('T. M. Hardy') as frank to a 'Private' letter addressed to Lieutenant General Sir Herbert Taylor.

Vice-Admiral Sir Thomas Masterman Hardy (1769-1839), Captain of HMS Victory in the Battle of Trafalgar, and flag captain and deathbed friend of Lord Nelson
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Addressed by Hardy from Brighton. With franking postmark dated 18 December 1835, and another reading 'T. P. | GREENWICH E'.
SKU: 21420

Hardy's part in the death of Nelson on HMS Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar is the stuff of history. Frank on 7.5 x 11 cm piece of watermarked laid paper, cut from the front of the letter's envelope. In good condition, lightly aged. Entirely in Hardy's hand, and laid out in the customary fashion, with the signature 'T. M. Hardy' between two lines at bottom left. Addressed: 'Private | Lieutenant General | Sir Herbert Taylor G.C.B. | &. &. &. | Brighton'. The frank has three postmarks over it, all missing the signature. The first is the usual franking postmark of a red circle, topped with a crown, reading 'FREE | 18DE18 | 1835 | +'. Also present are two in black ink: a '2', crossed out in manuscript, and 'T. P. | GreenwichE'. Hardy was Governor of Greenwich Hospital between 1834 and 1839. Lieutenant-General Sir Herbert Taylor GCB GCH (29 September 1775 – 20 March 1839) was the first Private Secretary to the Sovereign of the United Kingdom, serving Kings George III, George IV and William IV. Provenance: from the distinguished autograph collection of Richard Hunter, son of Ida Macalpine, whose collection of books relating to psychiatry is in Cambridge University Library.