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This question is a crucial one in the rhetoric of Star Trek. It is a contentious one in Hornblower, too, particularly as the abolitionist movement intersected with British/American tensions. In Forester’s stories, Hornblower is explicitly identified with Nelson. In the first place, he suffers from seasickness, as did Nelson; like him he is ‘nervous’, ‘not strong’; as a young captain, Hornblower’s first post is to supervise the naval funeral procession escorting Nelson’s body up the River Thames to St Paul’s. Forester is somewhat equivocal on the issue of slavery, painting Hornblower as requiring enormous tact in his dealings with the American authorities. In Hornblower in the West Indies there is a description of his mixed feelings at using sabotage to capture a slave ship: clearly not an honourable strategy for a sailor, but set against this is the fact that over 300 slaves are freed by it.97