Lord Nelson's love letter to go under the hammer in London
A letter written by Admiral Lord Nelson to his mistress Lady Emma Hamilton is set to be auctioned in London on November 13.
Auctioneers Bonham's said that the letter is expected to fetch between 6,000 and 8,000 pounds.
In the love letter, believed to have been written between late November 1801 and early January 1802, Nelson promises to defend Lady Hamilton's integrity, the BBC reported.
At the time the letter has been roughly dated, Hamilton had given birth to their child Horatia and their affair was public.
Nelson begins the letter, "My Dear Lady", and goes on to say, "I shall not come to your house after what happened last night, 'till you send for me, when I shall fly.
"I never will retract one syllable I uttered, or one thought I felt.
"Never will I sit tamely and see you My Dear friend neglected or insulted."
He then signs it "your most sincere and affectionate, Nelson."
Despite his wife Fanny's demands, he refused to give up Hamilton as his mistress.
During the scandal, Nelson wanted Hamilton to destroy the letters sent between them.
However, she chose to keep the letters, which were eventually published in 1814, nine years after his death.
"This was probably, in emotional terms, the most turbulent period of Nelson's life," a spokesperson for Bonham's said.
"He spent his time in London with the Hamiltons being feted as a hero of the [Battle of] the Nile, and, in equal measure, being ridiculed as infatuated dupe of Emma," the spokesperson added.