A letter written by Norfolk-born Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson to his mistress Lady Hamilton has fetched more than £117,000 at auction.
Admiral Lord Nelson was born at Burnham Thorpe in Norfolk
The earliest surviving love letter from the admiral to Emma Hamilton was written in February 1800, a month after the pair embarked on their affair.
As the English fleet attempted to maintain a Mediterranean blockade against
Napoleon's forces, Admiral Nelson was dreaming of his mistress ashore.
The admiral wrote: "I can neither eat or sleep for thinking of you my dearest love, I never touch even pudding. Last night I did nothing but dream of you altho' I woke 20 times in the night."
Three times estimate
The letter, written while Nelson sailed from Livorno to Palermo, five years before Trafalgar, fetched £117,250, more than three times its pre-sale estimate.
It was one of 40 documents relating to Nelson in the London sale at Christie's.
Another highlight, an impassioned letter written by Nelson on hearing rumours about the Prince of Wales's feelings towards Lady Hamilton, fetched £28,680.
He wrote: "I know his aim is to have you as a mistress. The thought so
agitates me that I cannot write ... I am in tears I cannot bear it."
Admiral Lord Nelson was born at Burnham Thorpe in Norfolk and the Nelson Museum in Great Yarmouth commemorates the county's famous son.