First edition. Folio. pp. [ii], 3-6, together with four further Acts relating to annuities for Nelson’s wife and heirs from the years 1806, 1813 and 1818, pp. [49-50, 1273-1290, 953-5 & 869-78], and another Act conferring “certain Annuities on Cuthbert Lord Collingwood”, from 1806, which mentions the “important Service performed ... in the ever memorable and decisive Victory obtained ... off Cape Trafalgar”, pp. 113 -6, all disbound and extracted from bound volumes.
In recognition of his outstanding service to his country, the British Parliament voted to award Nelson a pension of £2000 a year for the remainder of his life and the lives of his two immediate successors, as recorded in the first Act offered here. After his death from a gunshot at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1806, Nelson’s widow was granted a life annuity of £2000 a year (the second Act offered here). His title, Baron Nelson, was conferred on his elder brother, the Reverend William Nelson (1st Earl Nelson), and an annuity of £5000 settled on the Earl and his successors, plus a cum of £120,000 set apart for the purchase of an estate near Salisbury; a further £20,000 was conferred on Nelson’s sisters Susanna and Catharine (as set out in the next three Acts offered). Lord Collingwood had taken over command of the fleet when Nelson was mortally wounded at the Battle of Trafalgar, and the final Act offered here confers upon him the title of Baron and an Annuity of £2000.
Publisher London: George Eyre and Andrew Strahan
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Pages pp. [ii], 3-6