[Nelson describes his victory at the Battle of Copenhagen.] 'Extraordinary' number of 'The London Gazette', containing accounts of the engagement by Nelson and his commanding officer Sir Hyde Parker.

Author: 
Admiral Lord Nelson [Horatio Nelson] (1758-1805); Sir Hyde Parker (1739-1807), Royal Navy admiral, Nelson's superior at the Battle of Copenhagen, 1801
Publication details: 
Number 15454. 'Printed by ANDREW STRAHAN, Printers Street, Gough Square. [London]' 15 April 1801.
£450.00
SKU: 21979

4pp, 8vo, paginated 401-404. Originally a bifolium, but with the leaves separated. In fair condition, lightly aged, with each leaf carrying in a margin a strip of paper from the mount. Several fold lines. Page one carries the half-penny tax stamp. In small print and double column. The entire number concerns the battle. Begins: 'Admiralty-Office, April 15, 1801. | CAPTAIN OTWAY, of His Majesty's Ship the London, arrived in Town this Morning with Dispatches from Admiral Sir Hyde Parker, Commander in Chief of a Squadron of His Majesty's Ships employed on a particular Service, to Evan Nepean Esq; dated on board the London, in Copenhagen-Roads, the 6th Instant, of which the following are Copies:' Parker's long letter to Nepean follows, including, for example: 'Vice-Admiral Lord Nelson, having offered his Services for conducting the Attack, had, some Days before we entered the Sound, shifted his Flag to the Elephant; and after having examined and buoyed the Outer Channel of the Middle Ground, his Lordship proceeded with the Twelve Ships of the Line named in the Margin, all the Frigates, Bombs, Fire-Ships, and all the small Vessels, and that Evening anchored off Draco Point to make his Disposition for the Attack, and wait for the Wind to the Southward.' A postscript follows, and then copies of two letters apiece from Parker and 'the Commanding Officer of Cronenberg Castle', Stricker (the latter in translation). This is followed by Nelson's account of the battle (signed in type 'NELSON and BRONTE.'), addressed from 'Elephant, off Copenhagen, | 3d April, 1801.' It includes: 'From the very intricate Navigation, the Bellona and Russel unfortunately grounded, but although not in the Situation assigned them, yet so placed as to be of Great Service. The Agamemnon could not weather the Shoal of the Middle, and was obliged to anchor; but not the smallest Blame can be attached to Captain Fancourt; it was an Event to which all the Ships were liable.' Nelson concludes: 'The Loss in such a Battle has naturally been very heavy. Amongst many other brave Officers and Men who were killed, I have with Sorrow to place the Name of Captain Mosse, of the Monarch, who has left a Wife and Six Children to lament his Loss; and, among the Wounded, that of Captain Sir Thomas B. Thompson of the Bellona.' The number ends with a long 'List of the Killed and Wounded in the Attack on the Enemy's Line of Defence, Batteries, &c. on the 2d of April 1801.'