Letter by Nelson to William Marsden, Admiralty 16 August 1804
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Nelson submitted this application for leave to the Admiralty as result of his health due to the tremendous strain and anxiety he was under. The application was not accepted. Nelson, who had joined HMS Victory on 31 July 1803, was to continue serving on her until 20 August 1805, without a break or setting foot on land.