Memorial: M919

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Location

Guildhall, London, England

Transcript

'TO HORATIO VISCOUNT AND BARON NELSON./VICE ADMIRAL OF THE WHITE, AND KNIGHT OF THE MOST HONOURABLE ORDER OF THE BATH/A MAN AMONGST THE FEW, WHO APPEAR AT DIFFERENT PERIODS TO HAVE BEEN CREATED TO PROMOTE THE GRANDEUR AND ADD TO THE SECURITY/OF NATIONS;- INCITING BY THEIR HIGH EXAMPLE THEIR FELLOW MORTALS THROUGH ALL SUCCEEDING TIMES TO PURSUE THE COURSE/THAT LEADS TO THE EXULTATION OF OUR IMPERFECT NATURE./PROVIDENCE THAT IMPLANTED IN NELSON'S BREAST AN ARDENT PASSION FOR DESERVED RENOWN, AS BOUNTEOUSLY ENDOWED HIM WITH THE/TRANSCENDANT TALENTS, NECESSARY TO THE GREAT PURPOSES HE WAS DESTINED TO ACCOMPLISH./AT AN EARLY PERIOD OF LIFE HE ENTERED INTO THE SERVICE OF HIS COUNTRY AND EARLY WERE THE INSTANCES WHICH MARKED THE FEARLESS NATURE AND/DARING ENTERPRISE OF HIS CHARACTER-UNITING TO THE LOFTIEST SPIRIT AND THE JUSTEST TITLE TO SELF-CONFIDENCE, A STRICT AND HUMBLE OBEDIENCE TO THE/SOVEREIGN RULE OF DISCIPLINE AND SUBORDINATION RISING BY DUE GRADATION TO COMMAND, HE INFUSED INTO THE BOSOMS OF THOSE HE LED, THE VALOROUS/ARDOUR AND ENTHUSIASTIC ZEAL, FOR THE SERVICE OF HIS KING AND COUNTRY, WHICH ANIMATED HIS OWN-AND WHILE HE ACQUIRED THE LOVE OF ALL/BY THE SWEETNESS AND MODERATION OF HIS TEMPER, HE INSPIRED A UNIVERSAL CONFIDENCE IN THE NEVER-FAILING RESOURCES OF HIS CAPACIOUS MIND/IT WILL BE FOR HISTORY TO RELATE THE MANY GREAT EXPLOITS, THROUGH WHICH, SOLICITOUS OF PERIL, AND REGARDLESS OF WOUNDS HE BECAME THE/GLORY OF HIS PROFESSION-BUT IT BELONGS TO THE BRIEF RECORD OF HIS ILLUSTRIOUS CAREER TO SAY, THAT HE COMMANDED AND CONQUERED AT THE BATTLES OF THE NILE AND COPENHAGEN-VICTORIES NEVER BEFORE EQUALLED YET AFTERWARDS SURPASSED BY HIS OWN ACHIEVEMENT,/THE BATTLE OF TRAFALGAR FOUGHT ON THE 21ST OF OCTOBER IN THE YEAR 1805./ON THAT DAY, BEFORE THE CONCLUSION OF THE ACTION, HE FELL MORTALLY WOUNDED-BUT THE SOURCES OF LIFE AND SENSE FAILED NOT UNTIL IT WAS/KNOWN TO HIM, THAT THE DESTRUCTION OF THE ENEMY BEING COMPLETED, THE GLORY OF HIS COUNTRY AND HIS OWN HAD ATTAINED THEIR SUMMIT,/THEN LAYING HIS HAND ON HIS BRAVE HEART WITH A LOOK OF EXALTED RESIGNATION/TO THE WILL OF THE SUPREME DISPOSER OF THE FATE OF MAN AND NATIONS/HE EXPIRED'

Details

Description: The City of London turning away from recumbent Neptune and grieving Britannia to inscribe Nelson's victories on an obelisk, trophies behind the figures. On the base, between two seamen in niches, the inscription table and a relief of Battle of Trafalgar.
Type: Monument
Date Erected: 1810
Artists: James Smith

Event

Battle of Trafalgar 1805

People

Nelson, Horatio
Age: 47
Date of Death: 21/10/1805
Cause of Death: War casualty
Rank / Occupation: Vice Admiral
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Cost £4442,7s.4d. The two seamen belatedly replaced the two captives proposed in the original design. The monument was altered when the building was restored in the 1860's with the stele being made smaller. It was also damaged during the 2nd World War
Bibliography: Colin White (editor) 'The Nelson Companion' (Portsmouth,1995) p. 136; Philip Ward-Jackson 'Public Sculpture of the City of London' (Liverpool, 2003)pp.170-173.

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