ON THIS DAY- November

1 November 1803: To His Excellency Hugh Elliot Esq. from Victory in Agincourt off Madalena Islands: "Our crews... have now been upwards of five months at sea. But our health and humour are perfection, and we only want for the French fleet out."

2 November 1783: Captain Horatio Nelson writes from St Omer, France, to Captain William Locker Esq, "We set off at daylight for Boulogne... This place if full of English.  I suppose because the wine is so very cheap."

4th November 1805: Lieutenant John Richards Lapenotiere in HM Schooner Pickle conveying Collingwood's first Trafalgar Dispatch reporting the victory and the death of Nelson lands at Falmouth and immediately sets off on the road for London, arriving at the Admiralty at 1am on 6 November, having made 21 stops along today's Trafalgar Way.

5th November 1804: Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson to Nathaniel Taylor, Naval Storekeeper at Malta: "Our Master-Ropemaker is a child of thirteen years of age, and the best Rope-Maker in the fleet.'

6th November 1805:   Lieutenant John Richards Lapenotiere CO of HM Schooner Pickle to William Marsden, Secretary to the Navy, "We have won a great Victory, but have lost Lord Nelson". 

8th November 1800:  Lord Nelson arrives at Nerot's Hotel, St James Street. A letter to the Reverend Dixon Hoste states, 'His reception by Lady Nelson I said to have been extremely cold and mortifying to his feelings."

10 November 1800:  Lord Nelson dines with the Lord Mayor of London and receives the sword voted to him by the City of London: "Sir, it is with the greatest pride and satisfaction that I receive from the Honourable Court this testimony of their approbation of my conduct, and, with this very sword,I hope soon to aid in reducing our implacable and inveterate Enemy to proper due limits; without which, this country can neither hope for, nor ever expect a solid, honourable, and permanent peace".

14th November 1804:  Vice Admiral Nelson of the White to all ships and vessels on the Mediterranean station: 'Whereas Hostilities have commenced between Great Britain and the Court of Spain; you are hereby required and directed on falling in with any Spanish Ship or Vessel of War, or Merchantmen belonging to the subject of his Catholic Majesty, or which may have Spanish property on board, and on doing so , you will use your utmost endeavour to capture, burn, sink, and destroy them.'

17th November 1798: Rear Admiral Horatio Nelson to His Excellency the Admiral commanding the Ottoman Fleet: "The Grand Signor having condescended to notice my earnest endeavours to serve the cause of humanity against a set of impious men, I should feel sorry to miss an opportunity of expressing to you how anxious I am for the success of the Ottoman arms, and how happy your Excellency would make me by telling me how I can be most useful to you.'

21st November 1800: Lord Nelson to Hercules Ross: "San Joseph [captured by Nelson at the Battle of Cape St Vincent in 1797] is to be my next Flagship.' He hoists his Vice Admiral of the Blue flag on 17th January 1801.

24th November 1803: Lord Nelson to Sir John Acton, writing from HMS Victory off Toulon: "The French Fleet yesterday at 2 o'clock was in appearance in high feather, and as fins as paint could make them. Our weather-beaten ships . . .will make their sides like plum-pudding.'

28th November 1803:  Vice Admiral Nelson to Hookham Frere, Madrid: "I trust that we shall be received in the Spanish Ports in the same manner as the French. I am ready to make large allowances for the miserable situation Spain has placed herself in; but there is a certain line beyond which I cannot submit to be treated with disrespec

29th November 1796:  Captain Horatio Nelson to Captain William Suckling: "My professional reputation is the only riches I am likely to acquire in this war . . . however it is satisfactory to myself".