JMR : The Wife's Tale: Frances, Lady Nelson and the break-up of her marriage: "There is a telling phrase in a letter he wrote to Emma on 17 March - less than a week after the 'dismissal' letter -
I dreamt last Night that I hurt you with a Stick on account of that fellow
& attempted to throw over [your] head a tub of hot water
I woke in agony and my feelings cannot be very comfortable.66
'That fellow' was the Prince of Wales, who Nelson was convinced fancied Emma and so the dream was no doubt related at least in part to his jealousy, as he supposed. But dreams usually have much deeper roots than the emotion of the moment � Freudians, for example, would have a field-day with the fact that Nelson dreamed of throwing 'hot water' over his mistress! So perhaps his subconscious desire to hurt Emma was also the product of his continuing guilt that he had been forced to hurt his wife because of his love for his mistress?
The Battle of Copenhagen, 2 April 1801, by Nicholas Pocock.
Neg. No. BHC0529; - NMM.Amidst all this emotional turmoil, the "
66. HN to EH, 17 March 1801, NMM MON/1/8.