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Letter from Nelson, dated 26 December 1793, to Philip Stephens, Secretary of the Admiralty

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Catalogue reference: ADM 1/2224 (N20)


Agamemnon, Leghorn Roads Dec[embe]r 26th 1793

R[eceived] 13 Jan[uary] 1794

Being now Senior Captain here, I think it my duty to acquaint their Lordships of the Reports which are respecting Toulon. Viz=
That on the 13th the Heights were cover’d with a Most Numerous Convention Army, that Lord Hood seeing the place was untenable against such Superior forces had issued a Proclamation for the Inhabitants to be prepared for what would probably hasten the evacuation of the place. that on the 17th at Night a general attack was made on all our out posts many of which were carried, and the troops were obliged to retire from the others destroying the works as well as a short time would allow and spiking the guns that on the 18th Lord Hood had order’d all the Neapolitan Troops to be embark’d together with as many Royalists as could find Ships to carry them, that our fleet and that of Spain was moord under Le Malque, and that when he left



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