Letter from Horatio Nelson to Admiral, Earl of St Vincent, K.B. of 28 December 1798
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Nelson’s despatch to St Vincent provides details of the evacuation of the Royal Family from Naples to Palermo. This was both a harrowing and onerous experience. Nelson was responsible for the Royal Family’s personal safety and their personal treasure estimated to be worth £2,500,000 (£175 million in today’s prices). It is also worth highlighting the value that Nelson placed on Emma Hamilton’s assistance during this evacuation which may have strengthened their friendship.