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ORATIO NELSON was born on the 29th of Sep-
tember 1758, in the parsonage-house of Burnham-
Thorpe, Norfolk, of which his father, the Rev.
Edmund Nelson, was rector.

Horatio was his fifth son, and named after his godfather, the first Lord

Walpole, to whom Mrs Nelson was related. The early days of the young Horatio gave promise of the future man. He became distinguished among his youthful companions for bold and adventurous achievements. Though weak in constitution, and subject to attacks of ague, which made him irritable in temper, he possessed the best dispositions, and even when young, had a high sense of conscientiousness, and shrunk from everything like deception or meanness.

No. 17.

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