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The way we were: first meetings

Extracts from memoirs and diaries

By Ian Irvine   March 2019

Horatio Nelson: tktk

1834. The Duke of Wellington recalls Lord Nelson in a conversation recorded by his friend, John Wilson Croker:

“Lord Nelson was, in different circumstances, two quite different men, as I myself can vouch, though I only saw him once in my life, and for, perhaps, an hour. It was soon after I returned from India. I went to the Colonial Office in Downing Street, where I found, also waiting to see Lord Castlereagh, a gentleman, whom I immediately recognised as Lord Nelson.

He could not know who I…

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