960 BLACKWOOD HENRY: (1770-1832) British Vice Admiral.
960 BLACKWOOD HENRY: (1770-1832) British Vice Admiral. Blackwood was present on HMS Victory at the beginning of the Battle of Trafalgar and, along with Thomas Masterman Hardy, was a witness to Nelson's so shamefully disregarded codicil to his will in which he left Emma Hamilton and Horatia as 'a legacy to my country'. Blackwood was the train-bearer to the chief mourner at Nelson's funeral. A.L.S., Hy. Blackwood, three pages, 4to, Lourdes, 11th March 1821, to a gentleman. Blackwood states that it would have been 'most satisfactory to me in every point of view' to have relieved his correspondent from his 'most complicated journey' but explains that he is very restricted by time following a long passage from Calcutta and Madras, adding 'to which explanations I enter so fully into, and fear, you may have been led into a belief how very easy, en passant, it would have been to land you, which had it been, I should not have waited for your request on the subject but have offered to take you myself.' In concluding Blackwood also states that he has not been well recently and is not in good spirits on parting with his son. Some of the text, particularly to the first page, is light, although legible. Some small areas of paper loss and traces of former mounting to the vertical central fold, not affecting the text or signature, G