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Letter from Nelson to Viscount Keppel, First Lord of the Admiralty, dated 20 August 1783

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Catalogue reference: ADM 1/2223



Sir John order’d him to be borne as pilot till the [ship]
got through the passage, but by a mistake of the
Clerks when he was discharg’d from being Pilot. he was
not enter’d upon any of the Ships books for the
remainder of the passage. by which loss of time
(the Pilot’s time not being allow’d in his Servitude
and the mistake of not entering him upon any books
afterwards.) instead of having serv’d his time the 20th
of March 1783 five weeks previous to the date of his
commission, he had not Serv’d by the Navy board
rule) his time till the 27th of June a Week before the
Ship was pay’d off.

depend upon it My Lord I should
not have interest’d myself so much about this Gentleman
did I not know him to be a brave and good officer, having
been with me for Several years. therefore I beg that
as my apoligy for troubling your Lordship with this
letter. he has pass’d his examination at the Navy Office
since the Ship was pay’d off.

I have the Honor to
Remain Your Lordships Most Obedient
Humble Servant

Horatio Nelson

R[igh]t Hon[ourab]le Lord Keppel


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