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A CACHE of previously unknown letters written by Admiral Nelson’s wife has revealed the full heartache that she suffered over his affair with Emma, Lady Hamilton.

The letters are among a collection of artefacts kept by Alexander Davison, a confidant of the three members of the love triangle.

Fanny Nelson was eclipsed by the glamorous Lady Hamilton after she stole her husband, and historians have struggled to gauge her reaction to Nelson’s cruelty from the few remaining scraps of her writing. Although Lady Hamilton believed that Fanny “never felt in her life”, the tortured letters of the abandoned wife tell a story of “extreme misery” battling with undying loyalty.

Times Online via NASSR-L