Friday 22 June 2007
With Lord Nelson’s relationship with his mistress threatening his popularity in early 19th century England, it would have been wise to keep his wife financially happy.
A previously unseen copy of a bank statement suggests that is what he did. The document shows Lord Nelson wanted to maintain his wife in reasonable style, possibly to keep her quiet.
The two-page statement sent by the bankers Messers Marsh and Creed in the last quarter of 1802, shows that on Nov 3 he paid his estranged wife, Frances (Fanny), an annuity of £400, the equivalent of almost £30,000 today.
Lord Nelson left Frances in 1801 and set up with Emma Hamilton. His behaviour meant that he was shunned by high society.