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Historical Records of New Zealand

Captain Cook To Captain Furneaux

Captain Cook To Captain Furneaux.

Whereas scurvey grass, sellery, and other vegitables are to be found in most uncultivated countrys, especially in New Zealand, and when boil’d with wheat or oatmeal, with a proper quantity of portable broth, makes a very wholesome and nourishing diet, and has been found to be of great use against all scorbutick complaints, which the crews of his Majesty’s sloops Resolution and Adventure must in some degree have contracted after so continuance at sea, you are therefore hereby required and directed, whenever vegitables are to be got, to cause a page 17 sufficient quantity to be boil’d with the usual allowance of wheat or oatmeal and portable broth every morning for breakfast for the company of his Majesty’s sloop under your command, as well on meat days as on banyan days, and to continue the same so long as vegitables are to be got, or untill further order. Afterwards you are to continue to boil wheat or oatmeal for breakfast on Mondays, as directed by my order of the 6th of December last, but you are to discontinue to serve the additional half-allowance of spirit or wine mentioned in the said order.

Given under my hand, on board his Majesty’s sloop Resolution, in Dusky Bay, this 28th day of March, 1773.*

* At the time this letter was written the Adventure was lying in Queen Charlotte’s Sound. The ships had separated in a fog on the 8th February, 1773, near Kerguelen Island, and it was not until the 18th May, 1773, that they joined company again.