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To John Wilson Croker Esq., LL.D., F.R.S., Secretary of the
Admiralty; who, by the offical situation which he so ably fills, is qualified to
appreciate its historical accuracy; and who, as a member of the republic of letters, is
equally qualified to decide upon its literary merits, this work is respectfully inscribed
by his friend, the author.
Many Lives of Nelson have been written; one is yet wanting, clear
and concise enough to become a manual for the young sailor, which he may carry about with
him till he has treasured it up for example in his memory and in his heart. In attempting
such a work I shall write the eulogy of our great national hero, for the best eulogy of
Nelson is the faithful history of his actions, and the best history must be that which
shall relate them most perspicuously.