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    At the battle of Trafalgar Nelson is shot by a French marksman, the ball enters Horatioís shoulder and passes through to his arm. It is extracted by the shipís surgeon and the wound cleaned. Despite a period of sickness and recuperation Nelson makes a full recovery in Gibraltar and returns to Britain 1806 to roughhouse with Emma Hamilton a bit more.
    In time he becomes a little politicised. Being nautical rather than military Nelson falls in with the Whigs. With the end of the war in 1814 and Napoleonís exile to Elba, Nelson stands for MP in Norfolk where, due to his victories at the Nile and Trafalgar he wins by great margin in his seat. The party leaders are quick to capitalise on this heroic character who brings much of his dynamism to politics as he had to naval affairs. He passes up the chance of becoming lord of the Admiralty under Spencer Percival in 1809 and continues to grow his support by being a flamboyant and outspoken opposition MP, eventually gaining seniority in the party. He stands in the 1818 General Election against Liverpool with the support of Earl Grey. The Whigs win the election from a combination of factors but narrow margins, and much owed to Nelson. At the age of 60 Nelson becomes Prime Minister. What sort of premiership would such a man have?


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    Had he lived longer, would you not expect him to have fought against the united States in the naval battles of the war of 1812?

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Selous View Post
      At the battle of Trafalgar Nelson is shot by a French marksman, the ball enters Horatioís shoulder and passes through to his arm. It is extracted by the shipís surgeon and the wound cleaned. Despite a period of sickness and recuperation Nelson makes a full recovery in Gibraltar and returns to Britain 1806 to roughhouse with Emma Hamilton a bit more.
      In time he becomes a little politicised. Being nautical rather than military Nelson falls in with the Whigs. With the end of the war in 1814 and Napoleonís exile to Elba, Nelson stands for MP in Norfolk where, due to his victories at the Nile and Trafalgar he wins by great margin in his seat. The party leaders are quick to capitalise on this heroic character who brings much of his dynamism to politics as he had to naval affairs. He passes up the chance of becoming lord of the Admiralty under Spencer Percival in 1809 and continues to grow his support by being a flamboyant and outspoken opposition MP, eventually gaining seniority in the party. He stands in the 1818 General Election against Liverpool with the support of Earl Grey. The Whigs win the election from a combination of factors but narrow margins, and much owed to Nelson. At the age of 60 Nelson becomes Prime Minister. What sort of premiership would such a man have?
      Don't know, his eye sight in his non-blind eye was going, other health concerns were already becoming apparent. The liason with Lady Hamilton might have been fine for the navy but in proper society might have been a handicap.

      Moreover, his naval leadership was about having an aura about him and being a man of immediate action, and not so much being a great orator. His skills might not have been transferable into the political arena, he would have been risking his hero status, and would have run up against Wellington.

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        Originally posted by OwenWellborn View Post
        Had he lived longer, would you not expect him to have fought against the united States in the naval battles of the war of 1812?
        Doubtful, as the naval war of 1812 largely involved single ship frigate actions.

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        • #5
          An interesting scenario.

          It's quite possible that Nelson would have become to be to the Whigs what Wellington was to the Tories.

          But how he would have lead the country through the turbulent times of the post-Napoleonic War period when many thought that a bloody revolution was possible:- the "Peterloo Massacre" and all that, would be anyone's guess.

          Son of a country parson and a humane leader in the navy he might have been more sympathetic than the Liverpool Government appeared to be.

          Had he survived, he might have mentored the young Queen Victoria in a similar manner to the way that Lord Melbourne actually did:- although he would have been in his eighties by that time.
          "I dogmatise and am contradicted, and in this conflict of opinions and sentiments I find delight".
          Samuel Johnson.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Doveton Sturdee View Post
            Doubtful, as the naval war of 1812 largely involved single ship frigate actions.
            There were some rather large and important battles on the lakes.
            First Counsul Maleketh of Jonov

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Delenda estRoma View Post
              There were some rather large and important battles on the lakes.
              I will not argue about the important bit, but large

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