COLLINGWOOD‚ Cuthbert‚ Vice-Admiral. 18778

£950

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A superb Autograph Letter Signed ‘Collingwood’, to Lieutenant-General Sir Hew Dalrymple, Commander in Chief at Gibraltar, giving the news of the capture of Buenos Ayres by the Spaniards, assessing the Monte Video expedition, anxieties about ships bound for South America, the complexities of regulating trade, etc. 3 pp. 9 x 7 inches, very fine. Ocean, 6 January 1807. “It is but too true that Buenos Ayres is again in the hands of the Spaniards.” Cuthbert Collingwood‚ Lord Collingwood (1750-1810)‚ Vice-Admiral‚ second in command at the Battle of Trafalgar. From 1778 Collingwood’s career was closely connected with that of Nelson‚ whom he followed up the ladder of promotion step by step. He took part in many victories‚ including Brest (1794)‚ Cape St.Vincent (1797) and Trafalgar (1805). He died at sea‚ and was buried beside Nelson in St.Paul’s Cathedral. General Sir Hew Whitefoord Dalrymple (1750-1830), Acting Governor of Gibraltar (1806-1808). In this letter Collingwood refers to the recent surrender without terms by General Beresford. “Sir H.Popham waited in hopes there might have been some capitulation by which the troops would be released, but on their being marched into the Country he took a station off Monte Video, I conclude for the purpose of stopping English ships going up the River. I am sorry for the great loss of such a body of men, and for what the mercantile people will suffer by their too hasty speculations, but it is an event that I think might have been reasonably expected. How was a Country to be possessed & defended by a thousand or 1400 men – it was an expedition undertaken in the warmth of blood without due consideration of the numbers necessary to make success advantageous.”