It was serialized in the Toronto Star Weekly, and that was seen by Walter Minton, the head of G.P. Putnam,s Sons, who became my first American publisher.
I was encouraged by Walter Minton
to start the series, because he
said, ,You,re always talking about Nelson and that period.
Why don,t you write about it?, And then he
said, ,What are we going to call this guy?, I said, ,Richard Bolitho,, immediately, because that was the name of the army captain I,d met some years before in Gorey, Jersey, when I was looking for a berth for my boat.
was the brother of the then Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall
, and he
did live to know he
,d given his
name to our hero.
I think he
was quite chuffed about it.