It is stated in vol. i. p. 43, that Nelson was appointed Captain of the Albemarle, a small Frigate, early in August 1781, and several Letters occur while he was in command of that Ship. Since their publication a copy of the Albemarle's Log has fallen into the Editor's hands, which affords so much information on that period of Nelson's life, and illustrates so many of the facts mentioned in those Letters, that the material statements in it will be here given.
1781. “Wednesday, 15th August.—This day came down and put the Ship in commission: found her in dock.” Until the 31st of August in dock, and from that day until the 13th of October fitting at Woolwich. “Sunday, 14th October. —Going down the River to the Nore.” (Vide vol. i. p. 46.)
No Letter, nor any information about Nelson occurs between the 21st of October 1781, when he says (vide vol. i. p. 47) he had arrived at the Nore from Long Reach on that day week, until the 18th of December, when the Albemarle arrived at Yarmouth from the Downs.