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Another Question

I have another story related question. I have not been able to determine the answer myself. Would H and A been allowed to send letters from El Ferrol?

I am thinking yes, but not sure. I am sure that one of you usual suspects knows the answer....

Oh, One fun thing. I was able to buy The illustrated companion to Nelson's Navy used, for cheap, and have been wallowing all afternoon.

I overheard, (overread?) Lemurling talking about it. It is wonderful.


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Dec. 19th, 2010 08:53 am (UTC)
Letters from Ferrol is quite likely, Captain reynolds of the Amazon wrote letters back from Quimper where he and all the crew were captured and Ben Littlehales the first lieutenant wrote - though he was the guest of the Droits de l-homme captain because he had been injured so may have had even more freedom.
There are other examples of letters in the captains letters and lieutanants letters in the ADM 1 series - I can probably even find you one from Ferrol - and the real Don Maseredo was by all accounts a gentelmanly old boy who woudl certainly have allowed it .
so yes write to their family possibly and to the admiralty also.
PS so sorry still not commented on all bits - by next week hope to be breathing more easily and getting back to real commenting- I know anteros would say the same.We have at least got something to offer on Christmas Eve now from the two of us -but that is no excuse ,
have just read Archie and Horatio and the first return of snuggling and will be back to praise it later !
PS if I am a usual suspect I like the designation 1
Dec. 19th, 2010 10:30 pm (UTC)
Took me all day to reply to you. Of course you are one of the usual suspects.

I am not all the way sure what I am going to do with the letter writing. (I am no good at the whole slide-in-plot-points-with-epistolary-stuff.)But it is good to know they had the comfort of it.

Maybe something with John Hornblower? He's a fun guy to write...

I love comments, but you and Anteros are so totally off the hook, if you are researching/writing instead. I am much more greedy to read work by either or both of you.

(And if it just lying around being obvious, I would love to read a real POW letter!

Dec. 19th, 2010 10:36 pm (UTC)
Ok - do I have an ordinary email for you? - if you send me one I will attach Captain Reynolds letter from Quimper.

and YAY - I Am a 'usual suspect' - *dances about *

Dec. 19th, 2010 11:17 pm (UTC)
I love comments, but you and Anteros are so totally off the hook, if you are researching/writing instead.

What little time I've had recently has been taken up by the Speak Its Name entries nodbear and I have been writing. And now those are completed I'm running about chasing my tail trying to get ready for Christmas. It's a little on the chaotic side here :}

Keep writing and we will catch up, I promise! Meanwhile I have three half written fics in my drafts folder, none of which I'm getting near :( I do miss the boys so.
Dec. 19th, 2010 11:12 am (UTC)
*waves* Look I'm still here too! Just :} Yup nodbear is right, we have seen several examples of letters written from prison in France, if not Spain. Also it's book canon that Horatio receives letters while he's in Ferrol so it doesn't seem beyond the bounds of possibility that he was writing them too. Although he would have had the Spanish postal system to contend with!

There were four months of it before the first letter came through to Hornblower; the Spanish government, inefficient in all ways, had the worst postal system in Europe.

In the book Hornblower receives a letter from the Dutchess of Wharfdale addressed to "Darling Boy" along with his letter of promotion.

Edited at 2010-12-19 11:12 am (UTC)
Dec. 19th, 2010 10:35 pm (UTC)
I had totally forgotten that the Duchess wrote to him. (I must need to read book one again.)

And he is a 'darling boy.' Horatio must have seemed so young and awkward to her.

I am coming up, in my writing, on her encounter with Archie. I am, likely, not going to treat it as the movie did, but I hope it will still make sense.

I am going to do some writing tonight. So we'll see.
Dec. 19th, 2010 11:22 pm (UTC)
I must need to read book one again.
It's certainly worth reading The Duchess and the Devil again, it's one of the stronger stories in the book. Some of the others are a bit meh to be perfectly honest.

I am coming up, in my writing, on her encounter with Archie. I am, likely, not going to treat it as the movie did
I'll look forward to seeing how you handle this even if it is the new year before I manage to catch up!
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