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Nelson's dinners were well-known among the officers of his fleet: the food and drink were better than their own, and he was a host of unequalled charm. Whenever the weather was fine, the flag which signalled his invitations was hoisted and eagerly acknowledged by his guests. He did not care very much what he ate personally, he drank comparatively little, and he was often on a self-imposed, mainly vegetarian diet; but he like to give pleasure, and his hospitality was part of his technique for keeping the fleet happy and efficient.1


1 Howarth, David & Howarth, Stephen Nelson: The Immortal Memory p290