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Friday, October 21, 2005
Nelson confides that every man will do his duty

MORNING OF TRAFALGAR, 200 YRS AGO ON THE MINUTE:

-- Nelson signals Fleet:

ENGLAND EXPECTS THAT

EVERY MAN WILL DO HIS DUTY



Note to readers: Nelson’s instinct was to go with “Nelson confides that every man will do his duty”, which equated to confidence in his sailors to win the battle. The notion that “England expects” was impersonal and neutral and did not insinuate full confidence. His fighting sailors would have preferred the former. Admiral Collingwood, his second in command, was actually a little perturbed that Nelson was still signaling the fleet while cannon shots were firing overhead. This signal was nothing more than a nuisance while attempting to guide his column into battle. But Nelson had his eye on history. His signalman, Pascal, madly rushing to get such a signal correct, asked if “confides” could be switched to “expects”, as there was a single flag for “expects”, but “confides” had to be spelled out. “That will do, Pascal. But hurry, as I have another one to make.”

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