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to join you, on this occasion, as the ill-natured and jealous eye, with which we English are now viewed here, is not very tempting to a longer residence among the Danes than is necessary. I have the honour to be, with the greatest respect and gratitude,
"Your Lordship's most faithful servant,
"My head is so annoying with the continuation of my cold, that I fear I have been penning sadly confused stuff."
The following to Lady Hamilton relates to the feeling of the Danes in regard to their West India islands:—
"St. George, June 10th, 1801, Kioge Bay. "My dearest Friend,
"It is now thirty-six days since I received the scrap of a pen from England, although the wind has blown fair these four days. What it means is beyond my comprehension. We have newspapers to the 25th by which I see no movements of a new Admiral. / duly appreciate the kindness of the Admiralty, and nothing I believe but God's protection has saved my life, and thank God, but not them, I am perfectly recovered, and as far as relates to health, I don't think I ever was stronger or in better health. It is odd, but after severe illness I feel much better. I continue my warm milk every morning at four o'clock. In ten days the fleet must be ordered home, for no power in the Baltic will fight us this year. I shall not forget all these things. Yesterday I had the Prince Royal's Adjutant on board to dinner, with a civil message from the Prince. The Danes have a great confidence in my opinion, and we had much confidential conversation, therefore you may rely that Denmark fights no more against me, but I find the whole country is in a ferment at the unusual and hard capitulation forced upon their West India islands, and so I think them, such as even the French under monarchy never imposed when they took our islands last war.
"June Wth. This day twenty-two years I was made a Post Captain by Sir Peter Parker,1 as good a man as ever lived. If you meet him again, say that I shall drink his health in a bumper this day, for I do not forget that I owe my present exalted rank to his partiality, although I feel, if I had even been in an humbler sphere, that Nelson would have been Nelson still. My eyes are almost stretched out looking at that point of land where ships come from England, but alas! not a thing to be seen. I begin to be very uneasy. Little Harris has begged that he may have a full dress suit of uniform, which I have promised him when we get to England. If he is kept in order he will be a good young man, and with thirtyfive there is no great danger of his being spoilt, but he is too much for his age. When will any thing arrive? May she bring me as kind affectionate letters as the last, and I shall bear till our arrival, which cannot be many days."
1 See Vol. i. p. 7, note.
Captain Ball wrote to Lord Nelson to congratulate him on his victory:—
"Alexander at sea, 10th June, 1801. "My dear Lord,
"Never did I feel a more joyful and happy moment, than when I heard of your Lordship's most glorious victory over the Danes. You may now claim the fairest title to Caesar's motto, 'Veni, vidi,' &c. and this last brilliant occasion has proved to the world, that you possess the abilities of a statesman as well as the qualities of a great hero. May God preserve your Lordship's health to the end of a long life, that you may enjoy your great fame and well-earned laurels.
"Mrs. Ball has sent me a copy of your Lordship's letter to her respecting me, for which I can only offer the sentiments of the most grateful heart. It is truly flattering to me that your Lordship should be exerting every friendly effort to serve me at a time that you must be so fully occupied. Your Lordship has endeavoured to get me established at Malta; but I believe it would be much easier for you to gain another signal victory, than in this one instance, to conquer the jobbing system, although the Ministers are called to act patriotically by the unanimous voice of ninety thousand people, who have only asked this one favour of our Government, the refusal of which will not be forgiven; as the Maltese perceive that they are treated as a conquered people. When Sir R. Abercromby paid a second visit to Malta, where he staid a month, it was his intention to have sent me on board of my ship, but the Bishop at the head of the clergy, and all the corporate bodies waited on him to express their gratitude to me, and solicit that I might not be removed, which Sir Ralph found was the effect of real attachment; and as he risked losing the island by removing me, he requested me to remain some time longer. The Maltese were so oppressed by General Pigot's government, that they had planned an insurrection, which would have broken out but for the assurances I gave them that their grievances would soon be redressed. I inclose an extract of a letter from Mr. Paget to Lord Grenville, and an extract from Sir Ralph's letter to me.1
"General Pigot was second in command of the army under Sir R. Abercromby, and was landed at Malta to make way for General Hutchinson to be second, who was a great favorite. A General Officer told a friend of mine that he might perceive Sir Ralph's opinion of the improbability of Malta surrendering by his giving the command to Pigot, who had orders to act only on the defensive, and it was agreed on between Lord Keith and Sir Ralph to withdraw our forces from Malta the first week in October, and it would have been done before, but from my sanguine report. Luckily for the credit of our country, it surrendered in September; the blockade of Malta has certainly contributed to strengthen the high opinion foreigners entertain of our naval abilities and wonderful perseverance. I expect Hallowell at Malta soon by whom I shall write more fully. I am very happy to hear that the worthy Sir William and my dear sister Hamilton are well. I beg my best respects to them.
"Troubridge has proved himself my warm friend, he has endeavoured to get me established at Malta, and has spoken in his strong language very fully his sentiments. Ministers may be sorry, when it is too late, at not having complied with the wishes of the Maltese. Adieu, my dear Lord, may God continue to protect you, and increase your prosperity, is the fervent prayer of
"Your Lordship's obliged and devoted,
"alexander John Ball."
1 These are wanting.
The following is from the Danish Adjutant-General, Lindholm:—
"His Britannic Majesty's brig the Kite,
"My Lord, "I have this moment received a letter from his Royal Highness the Crown Prince, who has given me orders to communicate to your Lordship that on the evening of the 8th, some English officers were on shore at Copenhagen, from his Majesty's schooner the Eling, and that some dispute had arisen between them and the populace of that city, but fortunately being near the guard, the officers thereof interfered immediately, and prevented any injury being done. The irritation of the people must be occasioned by the capture of our West India possessions, and from their idea that the capitulation is severer than they could have expected, considering the nature of the dispute between the two countries, for until that news arrived Sir Thomas Williams, Captain Devonshire, and other officers were on shore, did me the honour to call on me, and walked about the city entirely unmolested, and as a proof that his Royal Highness has endeavoured to prevent any disrespect being paid to the British officers since that time he had ordered that a non-commissioned officer should attend them to interfere in case of need. It gives his Royal Highness pain that this circumstance should have happened, and he certainly will prevent any repetition thereof as much as lays in his power; but his Royal Highness thinks the surest and most effectual manner of preventing it, in the present moment of the displeasure of the people, is, that the British officers should not go on shore at that city until the so much wished for happy reconciliation is settled between the two Courts. I beg your Lordship will excuse my not stating to you personally what I have the honour of writing, for in attempting to land last night at Kioge, it was so dark we could not find the harbour, and after being three hours in the boat we returned very wet to the Kite. I am awaiting the abatement of the wind to go on shore to shift myself, and if the weather is moderate I will certainly wait on yqur Lordship to-morrow; but if on the contrary it should be stormy, I pray your Lordship will have the kindness to send a small vessel as near the harbour of Kioge as is safe, in order to facilitate my wish of waiting on your Lordship as early as possible.
"Your Lordship's kind reception of me yesterday, and the great attention and civility I experienced while on board the St. George, made that day one of the pleasantest of my life; but all the joy that arose in consequence thereof is damped by this very disagreeable and unpleasant communication which falls to my lot to be the conveyer of to your Lordship, as I assure your Lordship it is my private hope and I am sure it is also that of his Royal Highness, that this unpleasant accident may not be the cause of any coolness or alteration in the harmony that has subsisted since the conclusion of the armistice. With sentiments of the most unfeigned regard, I have the honour to subscribe myself, my Lord, "Your Lordship's most obedient, and most "Humble servant,
"The Right Honourable Lord Viscount Nelson,
Nelson, always alert, immediately wrote to express his hope that if any serious insult had been offered by any persons to British officers, they would be brought to punishment.
Adjutant-General Lindholm writes :—
"Kioge, June 11th, 1801. "My Lord,
"I beg your Lordship will excuse me for not having the honour to wait on you to-day, as I am very unwell, and wish to go to Copenhagen as soon as possible. I hear that a Midshipman from the Eling is the cause of a little trouble which was of no consequence. I was almost sure that our populace has- not been the aggressor, but I will not accuse any man. I hope and I wish that no animosity will exist between two nations who have been friends in many centuries.
"Permit me, my Lord, to ask if one of our frigates who is