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The physical pain Admiral Lord Nelson endured from battle wounds can be revealed in a 223-year-old letter that has surfaced.
The naval hero described the agony he was in a year after he lost sight in his right eye during the Battle of Corsica in 1794.
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Even the simple task of letter writing proved arduous for him, judging by the note he wrote to the British minister of Genoa, Italy in August 1795.
He wrote: 'I am almost blind and it is with very great pain I write this letter.'
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At the time of writing Nelson was also troubled by the French ships in the Italian port of Genoa that his fleet was blockading.
Although the city was neutral in the Napoleonic Wars, the British were concerned by the French increasing their presence there.
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During 1795, the British navy blocked the French vessels from leaving and restricted the arrival of trade ships the enemy might benefit from.
At the same time Nelson's fleet also had to make sure goods meant for the people of Genoa could get through.
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In the letter that has now emerged for sale for £8,000, Nelson tries to reassure the British minister that his fleet's actions were not to the detriment of the locals.
He wrote: 'The disposition and acts of my Cruizers (sic) will soon prove incontestibly that Genoa is not blockaded, as all vessels will arrive...
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