['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'.

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.

[ Cleveland; T.M. Hardy ] Autograph Letter Signed "Cleveland" to [ Thomas Masterman Hardy, Governor of Greenwich Hospital. ]

William Henry Vane, Ist Duke of Cleveland
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Newmarket, 13 April 1834

Two pages, 4to, bifolium, good condition. He has waited for the appearance of the "London Gazette" to make his approach [presumably the announcement that Hardy was to be Governor of Greenwich Hospital] , and "not take the liberty of waiting upon you at the Admiralty".

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