Correspondence: Nelson’s Examination for Lieutenant

By Christopher Donnithorne, published June 2023


In setting out to scrutinize, ‘the mythologized narrative of the proceedings of Nelson’s 1777 examination for lieutenant’, Harrison Croft’s recent article seeks answers to two questions: why Suckling felt the need to sit on the examining board as president to exert his influence in this overt way, despite Nelson’s demonstrated capabilities at sea up to this point; and why Nelson and his biographers endeavoured to conceal this gesture in the decades and centuries that followed.

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