- Publisher: Cambridge University Press
- Online publication date: December 2011
- Print publication year: 2011
- First published in: 1845
- Online ISBN: 9781139088008
- DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781139088008
First published between 1844 and 1846, this seven-volume collection of the letters of Lord Nelson (1758–1805) was assembled and edited by antiquarian, historian and former naval lieutenant Sir Nicholas Harris Nicolas (1799–1848), using letters supplied to him by many of Nelson's correspondents. Nicolas was better known for his many works on genealogy and heraldry, but his own naval background drew him to this work. In Volume 1 he asserts that 'the life of a man is best described by himself' and Nelson is subsequently revealed to be a skilled and engaging correspondent. The books document Nelson's long and celebrated career in the Royal Navy, from his appointment as a lieutenant in 1777 to his death at Trafalgar in 1805. Published in 1845, Volume 4 covers Nelson's career from September 1799 to December 1801, when he was serving first in Naples and Palermo, and then in the Baltic.