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Book Description
Thomas Pollard, British merchant and agent for the Royal Navy at Leghorn [Livorno] and a friend of Admiral Nelson. A series of autograph letters [7] to him. c 1802 highlighting Pollard's position as a central civilian figure in the Royal Navy's Mediterranean command. Within the letters several RN ships are referred to. An interesting letter to Pollard in Livorno from a 'Hector Tause' dated May 13th 1795 'I am informed that all the officers of the Berwick is to remain in this town till exchanging'. HMS Berwick had been captured by the French. The writer is anxiously concerned about money which might help in his 'unfortunate captivity' Letter from John Dobler & Company to Pollard, at that time based in Valletta in Malta. 10th June 1801. One page informing him that the 'assigned sum' has been given to 'Col. Bradshaw' and also that assistance will be given to 'Mr. Fraser'. Letter from a 'Bathery'? from 'The Windsor Castle at sea' dated Sept [17]95 requesting Pollard to procure 'Roman Pearls' sufficient for four or five bracelets - 'they are for a very charming girl in England'. Letter in 3rd person from a 'Capt De Launcey' stating that he called on Mr. Pollard regarding a letter of credit seeking letters of credit for Genoa, Turin, Milan and Venice to the amount of £250. Mention of a ship, The Medusa. Letter dated Aug 1802. Letter dated Jan. 1802 from a 'Mr Denon'? to Pollard in Malta, asking that some 'plated goods' that he sent to Malta be put on board any man-of-war coming to Lecce so that he can sell them to save the 'poor devil' who owns them from jail. Letter dated June 30 1795 to Pollard in Leghorn, from a 'Mr. Robins' [possibly from the ship HMS Egmont'[?] regarding finances and adding in a postscript 'What would you give me for the remainder of the p[rize]. money which may be forthcoming from Ca Ira, Censeur [captured French ships] & Speedy.' Letter from a Herr Schroder in Hamburg to Pollard in Livorno dated April 1795 [in French] in very cordial terms regarding financial matters of a Mr. Sam[uel[ Lighfoot. The letters in good condition with traces of glue on some to verso where removed from an album page, or still adhering to a page, one or two with minor loss to text, where address panel opened. Legible. An interesting, small grouping connected to a man, who was clearly an important cog in the financial / merchant machine in the Mediterranean oiling the wheels of commerce and travel in Continental Europe even during a period of war. There are enough references [names, ships etc] within the letters to suggest that a diligent historian of the era could find further research fruitful in piecing together a picture of Pollard's connections. Carola Oman in her biography of Nelson [pub. 1947] references Pollard writing that Nelson 'haunted' the Pollard's home in Leghorn.
Author Various
Date 1802
Binding no binding
Publisher manuscript
Illustrator n/a
Condition Good
Pages 7

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