||Written from Syracuse, the letter is addressed to Captain Philip Handfield, of the sloop DELIGHT, who was operating off the coast of Calabria and Messina. Collingwood instructed Handfield to lend a hand to the garrison at Scylla, (on the mainland side of the straits of Messina) who he believed were about to be attacked. Research shows that Handfield actually died on the same day the letter was written. Ironically, it appears that Handfield anticipated Collingwood’s orders and though he never received them, died attempting to carry them out. He was killed trying to recapture 4 Sicilian gunboats, recently taken by the French.