HORATIO, LORD NELSON
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6homeschoolmom Første besked:
Officially, I thought his last words were "I thank God I have done my duty." Some less resounding words, asking for a drink and the like, have also been reported. As I recall, he left Emma to the nation in his will.
Melt down Nelson's column?
And the lions, I suppose? Imperialist? Good ghod! What next? How about Eros? Another imperialist?
The Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable reports at the entry Kiss me, Hardy that these famous words, often used facetiously, were uttered by the dying Lord Nelson when taking leave of his flag captain, Thomas Masterman Hardy (1769–1839). (...) They were preceded by the request, 'Take care of poor Lady Hamilton.' According to some, the words actually spoken by Nelson were 'Kismet, Hardy', i.e. 'Fate, Hardy'. In another place in the same dictionary, Nelson is reported to have said 'I thank God I have done my duty' before uttering 'Kiss me, Hardy'. So both #9 and #10 are right...
This is also fully discussed in Trafalgar: An Eyewitness History where it is stated that this is more or less what Nelson said to Hardy before he withdrew. But Nelson still spoke afterwards with Mr Chevalier, his steward—a Frenchman? Horror!—and Dr Scott. He repeated his concern about Lady Hamilton's and Horatia's future, and again: 'Thank God, I have done my duty'.
Edited PS: Try http://ezinearticles.com/?Nelsons-Last-Words:-Kiss-Me,-Hardy-or-Kismet,-Hardy?&a... for a detailed discussion...