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THE SAILORS AND SOLDIERS MAGAZINE,
Nelson at Naples, and humbled by a Tempest at Sea. The delight created at Naples by the battle of the Nile is indiscribable. The Queen and Lady Hamilton tainted, and called Nelson the saviour of Europe. The kingdom of the two Sicilies was mad with joy; Lady Hainilion wrote Nelson, saying, “ How shall I describe the transports of the Queen : she cried-kissed her husband, her children, and walked frantic about the room, crying and embracing every person, exclaiming, (), brave Nelson! O, God, bless and protect our deliverer ! O Nelson, Nelson, what do we not owe you? O victor, saviour of Italy! O that my swola heart could tell him personally what we owe to him." Velo son wrote his wife, saying, “You may judge, Fanny, of the rest; but my bead will not allow due to tell you half. But blessed be God for his goodness to me." In another letter he said, “ The poor wretched Vanguard arrived here at Naples September 22nd. I must endeavour 10 convey something that passed, but if it were so affecting to those who are only oniled to me by ibe bonds of friendship, what must it be to my dearest wite, my friend, my everything that is most dear in this world. Sir William Hamilton and his lady came out to sea, attended by boats and emblems. Lady Hamilton had felt like dead: alongside caine my bonoured friends; the scene was terribly affecting ; up flew her ladyship exclaimiog, O God, is it possible? she fell into my arms more dead than alive; tears iowed : and the King came, he took me by the hand, and called me bis deliverer. In short, all Naples call me Nostro Liberatoire, and my greeting from the lower classes was truly affecting. I hope , Some day lo have the pleasure of introducing you to Lady Hamilton ; she is one of the very best women in the world. She is an honour to her sex; her kindness, with Sir William's, to me, is more than I can express. I am in their house, and I may now tell you it required all the kindness of my friends to sel me up. Lady Hamilton iutends writing you. May God Almighty bless you, and give us in due time a happy metting.” Alas! how vain and toolish was all this human applause and idol worebip of man! Lifting up a poor worm of the earth to the skies, as if the events of Providence were at his controal. Bonaparte, at the commencement of his career, before he became Emperor, had certainly prevailed on France to send out an army and a fleet to Egypt, and if possible to destroy the power and influence of the British empire in In. dia, bat ihe army failed, and the death of General Abercrombie, was of God. The fleel also failed, and Napoleon was obliged to relurn back to Prance. Nelson was an instrument, with all our poor sailors, in the hand of God, to check the mighty ambition of Napoleon; and while there ought to have been universal mourning over the killed and the wounded, and the most humiliating confession of sin, as producing all the horrors of war and bloodshed, here was all the pomp and vanity, and idolizing of creatures, with the gross intemperance and in inoralities that I know followed the news of our naval victories in England, when
2 Nelson at Naples, and humbled by a Tempest at Sea. many a drunkard's song followed our idolizing cry, that “ Brilannia rules the waves." But I well remember, during a storm in the North Sea, when I was in the fleet with Lord Nelson, and we mounted up 10 the heavens, and plunged down into the great abyss, and reeled and staggered to and fro, like a drunken man; and I saw Nelson ahead of our ship, in the St. George, 98, and I thought, ignorant as I then was, “ Who rules the waves now ? 'Where is Biitannia, when we can hardly hold on, and the stoutest of us are trembling every moment npon the brink of destruction !" But Nelson shall speak for himself; for this very year, betore he discovered the French fleet, here is an extract from the Quarterly Magazine, published at London, in 1799, chiefly by the Baptists of that day, to promote general usefulness :
· Letter from Lord Nelson to his Lady. -The following letter ap: peared a short time ago in the newspapers. The sentiments expressed in it, are as rare as they are just; and, it is hoped, they are not unsuitable to the object of our Magazine, and will not be without use as pre. served in it. The letter appears to have been written to his lady, while Admiral Nelson was tossed about in the Mediterranean, in pursuit, but without intelligence of the French fleet, whom he afterwards defeated at the Nile :- Vanguard, off Sardinia, May 24, 1798.-My dearest Panny, 1 ought not to call what has happened to the Vanguard by the cold name of accident. I believe firmly it was the Almighty goodness lo check my consummale vanity. I hope it has made me a better officer, as I feel it has made me a better man. I kiss, with all humility, the rod. Figure to yourself, on Sunday evening at sun-set, a vain man walking in his cabin, with a squadron around him, who looked up to their Chief to lead them to glory, and in whom their Chief placed the firmest reliance, that the proudest ships, of equal numbers, belonging to France, would have bowed their flags, and with a very rich prize lying by him. And figure to yourself on Monday morning, when the sun arose, this proud conceited man, his ship dismasted, his fleet dispersed, and himself in such distress, that the meanest frigate out of France, would have been an unwelcome guest. But it has pleased Almighty God to bring us into a safe port, where, although we are refused the rights of humanity, yet the Vanguard will, in two days, get to sea again, as an English man of war.” Surely Sir Horatio Nelson, as he was then called, had learnt something of the scriptures at the parsonage house at Burnham Thorpe, in Norfolk, and by bis six years' residence i here with Lady Nelson, before the wars of the French revolution, in 1793. But, alas ! how fatally did victories, riches, honours, glory, and worldly gratifications, after. wards operate and influence. Ob, how we need to be humbled and kept low, lest being exalted above measure, we have the most dangerous thorns in the Hesh, and the messengers of darkness to buffet and overwbelm the soul, in all the elevating dispensations of the providence of God. This letter may well teach and instruct ministers and wealthy talented professors of religion in this day; so that Nelson, in the storms
" It is better to go to the house of mourning than to the house of feasting. For that is the end of all mon; and the living will lay it to his heart,"-Eccl. vii, 2.