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Wellington meets Nelson

The month before Trafalgar, the Duke and the Admiral had a singular encounter.

The Duke of Wellington, by Sir Thomas Lawrence (1814), and Lemuel Francis Abbott's portrait of Lord Nelson.One of the most curious meetings in history, a matter not of design but the purest accident, took place in London, almost certainly on September 12th, 1805. It was not formally recorded until nearly thirty years later, and then once more through chance. It was between Wellington and Nelson, and it was the sole occasion when their paths crossed.

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