The personal financial cost of Lord Nelson’s ménage-a-trois

Published on May 21st, 2009 | by Admin

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Newly-uncovered records of Lord Nelson’s household financial records show the considerable financial costs of pleasing his mistress, Lady Hamilton, and her husband, Sir William Hamilton, when the three of them lived together.

A set of 16 household accounts covering the period of the unusual domestic arrangement, which is up for auction next month, show that Lord Nelson and Sir William split many bills evenly.

They paid out up to £156 4s 4d a week – around £11,000 in today’s money – to local tradesmen for treats such as fresh meat, fish and oysters, to which Lady Hamilton was particularly partial.

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One Response to The personal financial cost of Lord Nelson’s ménage-a-trois

  1. mike says:

    These records are of great interest, but not newly discovered nor unpublished.

    They, and other Nelson/Hamilton accounts, can be seen in Alfred Morrison’s ‘Hamilton & Nelson papers’ Volume 2. The Morrison papers were originally published in 1893, are now re-printed and available from Abe Books at http://www.abebooks.com

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